The story behind Ubuntu at Kurland Village

UBUNTU – means I am because you are! Jasmine, our colleague from Kurland Village, wrote this story about Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the shop in Kurland Village where the local women are making and selling quality hand crafted bedding, table linen, cushions, throws, accessories and the homeware. Read their story below. IMG_7274 Today we like to put Ubuntu in the spotlight, or rather the three ladies who are single-handedly running this business! Let me introduce them: Leonie, who is currently head of the business makes sure that everything runs smoothly. Matilda (my mother) is a killer seamstress who sews every piece of fabric to finest perfection. And then we have Hester, the lady with the magical hands! She paints every piece of Africa! Together they make a killer combination! Ubuntu is the first shop situated on your right hand side as you take the road to Monkeyland, in Kurland Village! The one where the grass is always neatly mowed J (Thank you Pieter van Rensburg). You could and should not have missed them, but if you did ….. don’t worry they are still standing and waiting for you to visit them! Through a love of textiles 30 women started a co-operative in 2008. After a few years only seven women remained. At the moment 3 previously unemployed women now enjoy ownership of the building. Ubuntu is a business specializing in the making of quality hand crafted bedding, table linen, cushions, throws, accessories and the homeware. The co-operative is just outside Plettenberg bay, in The Crags (Kurland Village). Everything in the shop is hand-made by these three ladies. The vision these women share is to help women in the community who are currently unemployed and becoming a source of income to them and their families. These were the exact words of one of the ladies: “I would like it if women from the village can come here and get skills. I want us to be able to uplift people from my community. It is very hard because we are struggling financially, but I want to make use of this opportunity to take care of my family and make a living out of this. I want to see this business grow to its full potential. These women work very hard every day to provide for their families, but they are struggling. The foundation is currently helping them with n R1000 per month to help pay for their electricity. Right now they are hoping to get finance, for material in order to produce. Also they would love to renovate the inside and outside of the building. Any source of help would be highly appreciated. Make sure to when you are in the Village side to pop in and find one of Ubuntu’s awesome goods, to take home as a gift.

Dalene Thys – The woman behind the Food for Waste Project!

Food for waste is a small organization started by a permanent resident from Kurland Village, Dalene Thys. She is a single mother and currently stays with her father, daughter and 9year old grandson. Dalene has big aspirations in life, such as making a success of her organization. 10849001_493453557462255_6965157424478087962_o Dalene started this organization about a year ago. The main part of her job description is, she collects “waste”, recyclable items from residents of the village, and in return provides them with food, clothes, school needs, toys and at times even a little sweet thing for the kids. These products are donated to Dalene by various companies nearby. Friend of Kurland are also one of Dalene’s sponsors. In a recent post on her Facebook account, she sent out an appreciation post to all of her loyal sponsors. Included was our very own Pieter van Rensburg. Dalene is doing great and her business is growing, it grew so much that she is able to employ even a few residents of the village. One of Dalene’s long term goals are opening a computer centre and even a farm. This girl has big dreams!! With her kind of attitude and motivated spirit, she will pursue her goals. With the help of Dalene’s loyal sponsors she is doing very well. If you would like to know more about Dalene’s project please follow her on Facebook: @Crags Recycling Project. Check this article, for more information about this amazing project: http://www.knysnaplettherald.com/news/News/General/145784/Turning-trash-into-hope-in-Kurland