A Centurion thrift shop has decided to use its recent winnings to help its broader community.
Clothes to Good, a sort of used clothes factory, won a R1.2 million Disability Empowerment prize at the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards in Johannesburg recently.
The award is aimed at promoting social innovations that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Clothes to Good sells donated clothes to vendors at nominal prices to increase their profit margin.
Founder, Jacendra Naidoo said reselling clothes reduced wastage by on average 24 000 tons a year.
Naidoo said to double his business he would need to employ 20 more people with disabilities and increase the number of vendors that would benefit from the operation.
“Once we achieve the increased volumes we aim to expand our operations to Durban and Cape Town within three years.”
Naidoo said part of his plan was to employ people with disabilities to build Early Childhood Development kits for under-resourced crèches.
“People with disabilities will now get work in our recycling facility and ECD toy factory,” said Naidoo.
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Ntandokazi Nodada, SAB Foundation Social Innovation Project Manager said Clothes to Good promoted the financial freedom and dignity of people with disabilities and the mothers of children with disabilities “who often struggle to find employment because they need to care for their children around the clock”.
Nodada said this was exactly the type of project that the SAB Foundation aimed to assist through its Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards.
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