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The Many Hands Project

The Many Hands Project

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What is the Many Hands Project? 

The Many Hands Project is a small organisation that aims to empower the local women of Groot Marico (a small hamlet in the North West province) with a variety of skills to build their entrepreneurial abilities. Bertrams, Gauteng. These skills are mainly needlework, decorative sewing and textile arts handicrafts, however, they also learn valuable life skills from the Mandy Hands community itself.

The project was founded by Jolene Djembe in 2014, starting off with just a small group of local women which then grew significantly. The initial idea was to teach women valuable needlework skills so they could fill their days with something constructive that would potentially also help them bring in additional income. However, over the years the project has grown to be a safe space for the local women where they can learn, sew and grow together.

The Many Hands Project not only equips its members with needlework skills, but it also gives them the opportunity to form lifelong bonds with their community as well as the possibility of earning their own income by either selling what they have made or through offering their needlework services. The Many Hands Project mostly relies on donations of wool, fabric, thread, and occasionally sewing machines. These are then given to the women for them to make garments with. 

What is Differently Clothing’s Role in the Many Hands Project?

From the moment our designer set foot in Groot Marico, she was taken by its beauty and culture. However, she soon learned that the Many Hands Project was suffering and in desperate need of help. Since the start of South Africa’s first lockdown in March 2020, Jolene and the Many Hands women have had to shut down the project almost entirely to comply with lockdown restrictions. Once restrictions eased, they started making masks for members of the community and were even selling to surrounding towns too. However, since the country has been in and out of multiple levels of lockdown, Jolene and the women have been unable to continue sewing classes. 

Jolene has also had to give up her shop, where she would hold workshops for the project. They have no place to hold workshops and no way of earning money. On top of Differently donating old and outdated fabric, our team wants to shed a light on the little town of Groot Marico and the Many Hands Project. This is why we have partnered with Jolene and a handful of the project’s most talented and devoted members to make the Many Hands Kimono, which will be launched on the 12th of October 2021.  We took a trip to Groot Marico in the middle of August to host a workshop for the Many Hands women to demonstrate how to cut, sew and assemble the Kimono themselves.  A portion of the proceeds acquired from the sale of the Kimonos will go to compensating the Many Hands women for their sewing services. 

What is this BackaBuddy Fund for?

This BackaBuddy fund is for the sole purpose of raising funds to purchase two sewing machines for the Many Hands Project. The project is in desperate need of sewing machines for the women to be able to continue sewing classes and creating garments to sell. 

We ask you, Differently's loyal customer, to donate what you can towards this cause, which is so close to our hearts. 

Donations

  • Nov 09, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Such a worthy cause" - Susan

  • Oct 11, 2021 - USD $ 33.42
  • "Amazing Initiative!" - Michelle

  • Oct 11, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "Such an amazing initiative " - Robert Weber

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What is the Many Hands Project? 

The Many Hands Project is a small organisation that aims to empower the local women of Groot Marico (a small hamlet in the North West province) with a variety of skills to build their entrepreneurial abilities. Bertrams, Gauteng.

What is this BackaBuddy Fund for?

This BackaBuddy fund is for the sole purpose of raising funds to purchase two sewing machines for the Many Hands Project. The project is in desperate need of sewing machines for the women to be able to continue sewing classes and creating garments to sell.