Khayelitsha Fashion Show Dream
- By: Nelsy Mtsweni
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/khanyo-maseko
My name is Nelsy Mtsweni and I work as a student business consultant for Phaphama Sedi - a student-run NPO which aims to increase the entrepreneurial capacity of small businesses in Khayelitsha and Philippi. Khanyo Maseko owns Keeping It Beautiful, a fashion designing business where she makes custom-made clothes for her customers. She is one of the entrepreneurs working with Phaphama Sedi to help improve her business.
We are crowdfunding to raise funds of R5000 to purchase the materials needed to create more outfits to showcase in the upcoming Khayelitsha Fashion Show, happening on the 26th of October. She needs to create seven more outfits, but cannot afford to make these because she does not have the necessary materials such as fabrics that are needed to design clothes.
Funds will go into purchasing the following materials:
- African print fabric
- for binding
By reaching the target, Khanyo will be able to purchase the required sewing materials so she can create the designs that she will demonstrate on the Fashion Show. By showcasing her creative designs and talent, she would be creating a name for herself in the fashion industry. This will attract customers and help me in expanding her business, Keeping it Beautiful.
*Funds raised will be paid directly to Phaphama Sedi*
Phaphama SEDI is a non-profit organisation that was started in 2014 by a small group of dynamic UCT students. The aim of Phaphama was to increase the entrepreneurial capacity of small businesses in the Khayelitsha and Philippi area by connecting them with a consulting team of senior UCT students.
Each entrepreneur is teamed for the entirety of the programme with three student consultants. These groups, comprising of diverse academic backgrounds and skill sets, mean that each business owner will receive consistent and specialised attention throughout the year, in addition to the overarching skills-building training they will receive in the module workshops.
In 2014, Phaphama began work with 7 entrepreneurs from Khayelitsha. Over the years we have developed and in 2018 we worked with 23 entrepreneurs from Khayelitsha, Philippi, Lange and Belhar.
To date we have worked with over 60 small to medium enterprises and over 200 student consultants. In doing so, we labour tirelessly to make success a reality for our entrepreneurs, at the same time we seek to equip our consultants with practical skills. We want student consultants to experience what it is like to work with the local business community.