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The Clothing Bank

Our original project was established 8 years ago in Cape Town. We now have strategic partnerships with most of South Africa’s major clothing retailers (Woolworths, Edcon, MRP, Pick ‘n Pay Clothing, Clicks, TFG, Truworths and Checkers) who donate their excess stock to us. This is stock that is made up of customer-returns and end-of-season merchandise.

 

Unemployed mothers (exclusively) join our two-year training programme and very quickly start their small business by trading (mainly in the informal sector) in the clothing they buy from The Clothing Bank at discounted prices. We have the capacity to support 800 mothers trading from our 5 branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, East London and Paarl.

We don’t believe you can learn business in a classroom, so our programme is practical and experiential. We create a nurturing and supportive environment, which builds her self-belief so that she can become a successful business owner. She is exposed to over 1000 hours of practical training and support, covering modules from money management, business skills, computer skills and life skills.

We approach the development of the women holistically as we believe that if you have a healthy woman, with a healthy mind and a healthy family - she will run a healthy business. We have an extensive support system that includes coaching, mentoring and counselling. The objective is that each woman should earn at least R4 000 per month.

Last year The Clothing Bank had 760 active businesswomen, who sold clothing for a profit of R30.4 million.