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Last modified: 12 Sep 2021
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EMPOWERING WOMEN ONE STITCH AT A TIME

12 September 2021
Be Original and One Village recently joined “threads” to inspire and edify local women through a sewing session – one colourful stitch at a time. Pictured are (from left) Evelyn Markides (One Village), Bernadette Swartz (Be Original), Nelisa Grootboom from Hankey, Anene Jonck (Manager of the Office of Kouga Executive Mayor and Speaker), and (front Zoleka Eunice Boeman from Thornhill.

Be Original and One Village recently joined “threads” to inspire and edify local women through a sewing session – one colourful stitch at a time. Pictured are (from left) Evelyn Markides (One Village), Bernadette Swartz (Be Original), Nelisa Grootboom from Hankey, Anene Jonck (Manager of the Office of Kouga Executive Mayor and Speaker), and (front Zoleka Eunice Boeman from Thornhill.

BACKSTITCH . . . clip . . . gather and notch.

Local woman-owned business, Be Original, and the non-profit organisation, One Village, joined “threads” to inspire and edify local women through a sewing session at the end of August – the last day of Women’s Month.

Women from different organisaitons, rural areas, Social Development and Kouga Municipality were present on the day who cut, stitched, sewed and ironed pieces of material to make bunting flags according to the unique Be Original style.

This fun session marked the start of The Butterfly Project, which was inspired by Revelations 21 verse 5: The Lord is the only one who can make things new again, He can take what is damaged and hurt and make it new.

According to Be Original owner and founder of The Butterfly Project, Bernadette Swartz, they will be working closely with various organisations to uplift and empower women who have been adversely affected by gender-based violence, as well as those who are facing difficult circumstances.

“We want to create sustainable employment opportunities by teaching these women sewing and entrepreneurship skills – producing Be Original products,” said Swartz.

Products include handbags, pouches, jewelry, clocks, and keyrings – with not an inch of material going to waste, as each piece of material or off-cut is transformed into a colourful item.

“We have already identified several farms where this project will be implemented in the near future,” she said.

For more information about One Village, contact Evelyn Markides at 083 382 5043 or Sonya Hofler at 078 087 2806. Alternatively, visit www.onevillage.co.za. For information about Be Original or to stock their products, contact Bernadette Swartz at 073 099 3418. Alternatively, visit www.beoriginal.co.za.