Local charity helps unemployed single mothers become thriving entrepreneurs.

Single Mothers

The Clothing Bank helps unemployed women and single mothers learn the skills to run microbusinesses and become thriving entrepreneurs in their communities.


Did you know that 68% of South African women with babies under the age of two are single? And that 50% of the fathers don’t provide financial support to their children, leaving the mother to struggle unfairly. These are just some of the obsticals faced in South Africa. That is why the Clothing Bank started its programme.

The Clothing Bank provides previously disadvantaged South Africans who are unemployed with an alternative to formal employment by empowering them to become self-employed business people. This is often something they might not have considered or had the self-belief to pursue.

Single mothers looking for a way to earn a good income can approach the clothing bank and join their programme. The non-profit organisation receives clothing donations from massive retailers and sells them at a fraction of the cost to women. These women then go into their communities and resell the clothing to make a profit.

“Unemployed mothers (exclusively) join a two-year training programme and very quickly start their small business by trading (mainly in the informal sector) in the merchandise 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; and so our programme is practical and experiential.  We create a nurturing and supportive environment, which builds our beneficiary’s 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 skill 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, which includes coaching, mentoring and counselling.”

After the programme is completed, it is the hope that each woman will earn a minimum of R 4000.00. Many of the women that have entered the programme end up building their own businesses and change from selling clothing to doing something that makes their hearts sing.

One woman used the programme as a way to start her own catering company and is thriving. The women are empowered to break the cycle of poverty and this is done by supporting one another, they are a sisterhood. These women become role models to other women in their communities and so the wheel starts turning and change takes over.

The clothing bank has also started an appliance bank and has started recruiting men to help them with employment too.

“We have recruited 60 men into our appliance repair programme and have plans for expansion, we are wanting to build relationships with potential suppliers so we can impact more lives”

You can find out more on their Facebook page.

Sources: Facebook
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Tyler Vivier
Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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