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ROSEBANK SUNDAY MARKET TRADERS

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Rosebank Sunday Market is an iconic informal market operating in the heart of one of Johannesburg’s upmarket suburbs, providing an income for between 250 and 350 artists, craft makers, entrepreneurs and traders, and all their staff – many of whom live hand to mouth. Now, throughout the long and stringent South African COVID-19 lockdown, the market has had to close its doors. These hard-working and creative informal traders face destitution and hunger. There is no government assistance for them as they are an informal sector. There are no funds, no feeding schemes, and no resources to assist them.

Urgent financial support may enable the traders to survive. At this stage, assistance will be focused on providing basic food supplies. As funds increase, we will be able to extend support to other essential needs. Please help us to help them.  We are all facing this together - any help goes a long way.

There is only a 4% success rate in this industry. Thousands of traders have applied to the market, but of the 5000 approved, only a handful – the toughest, most committed, and hardest working – succeed. But now their livelihoods are in danger and their families are suffering. This market creates well in excess of 500 jobs - that is a conservative estimate.

As the owner of the market it would be my dream to assist each trader who has requested food.  Funds are running out as we are not charging traders at this time, and are assisting traders from our already depleted funds.

Some of their stories

Maria is a farmer, and after successfully establishing and training farmers, she was allocated a tract of land in a poverty-stricken area in Gauteng where she has trained farmers and hired local indigent people, selling the produce at the market.

Mmbatho represents 17 unemployed women who embroider beautiful products which she sells on their behalf.  Each product has a name embroidered on the back so that she knows who to pay.

Sibongile teaches women from shelters to crochet.  She then sells their items on their behalf, enabling them to support themselves in order to make healthier choices in their lives.

Peter and Mercy - husband and wife, each have a stall at the market.  Their combined incomes have allowed Mercy to study for a Masters in Statistics.  He paid the University fees, she paid for books and travel. Their lives have really changed.

Dumiso is and a shoemaker from the DRC who fixes bags, shoes and more. His wife works as a security guard at a large insurance company but she has not been paid since lockdown. Dumiso faces eviction, and his four children are hungry.

Sam is a Zimbabwean trader who has just sent a text message: “Hi Madam. I trust you are well. My son is suffering from a serious diarrhoea and he is very weak. I think it is malnutrition as he hasn’t been having a proper balanced diet. I’ve tried to get help from family and friends but with no success. I’m having a terrible situation. May you kindly assist. I’m sorry for the trouble.”

Donations

  • Oct 01, 2020 - USD $ 150.00
  • "May G-d be kind to you in giving you food to support you and your families in this time of difficulty and sickness. " - Paul Coplan

  • May 23, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Stay strong!" - Anonymous

  • May 13, 2020 - USD $ 16.50
  • "Wishing you all the best in these challenging times" - Jess

  • May 07, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "Miss you all!" - Sara

  • May 07, 2020 - R 372.00
  • "

    May you weather this crisis in safety

    " - Michael & Lyrice

  • May 05, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    The Sunday Market was may favorite place to visit during the year that I lived in JNB. Met many wonderful traders. Wish you all the best during this difficult time.

    " - Kaamini

  • May 04, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "Good luck!" - Laura

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "To All the Rosebank Market Traders. We hope and pray you will be able to trade soon and continue to add colour and magic to SA with all your beautiful wares. Gd bless" - Ruth Isaacson

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 1 260.00
  • "#Solidarity" - Rochelle

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "Well done " - Sheba

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Amazing initiative to give something real in a time of need

    " - Dave C

  • Apr 29, 2020 - USD $ 60.00
  • "Keep fighting. " - D S

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    Try and hang in there guys we appreciate your products!

    " - PAUL

  • Apr 29, 2020 - USD $ 5.36
  • "Hey guys thanks for creating beautiful things and always serving us with a smile. Hope this helps a little " - Athena Deligatos

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "We are stronger together " - Anonymous

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "." - Anonymous".

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 367.50
  • "May no one have to ever starve! #strongertogether" - Anonymous

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "What a wonderful cause! " - Nude Skin & Nails

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Wishing you all well and looking forward to better times

    " - Helen

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 1 012.00
  • "

    Blessings

    " - Dee

  • Apr 27, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "Let us all support these talented traders whose livelihoods are at risk!" - natalie davis

  • Apr 27, 2020 - USD $ 94.82
  • "Thank you " - Simone

  • Apr 27, 2020 - USD $ 105.36
  • "Mayebuye iAfrika!" - Paul Coplan

  • Apr 26, 2020 - USD $ 52.68
  • "Blessings upon these special people in such daunting times. P" - Linda Friedland

  • Apr 25, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Great cause! All my love " - Bradley Ingram

  • Apr 24, 2020 - USD $ 28.32
  • "G-d loves you. Stay strong!" - Shira Druion

  • Apr 24, 2020 - USD $ 52.44
  • "Praying for your safety and well-being during this challenging time!" - Susan Menashe

  • Apr 24, 2020 - USD $ 20.97
  • "Just a small token to help. Please stay safe" - Anonymous

  • Apr 23, 2020 - USD $ 53.16
  • "Treat your neighbour like you want to b treated " - Michael Stephenson

  • Apr 23, 2020 - USD $ 53.16
  • "Best of luck" - Mosh

  • Apr 23, 2020 - USD $ 20.28
  • "This will pass" - Adam

  • Apr 23, 2020 - USD $ 10.63
  • "God be with you " - John Stephenson

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Stay safe. Every bit counts" - Anonymous

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "One our favorite places on a Sunday " - Devorah

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 10.53
  • "Be blessed " - Mandi Friedman

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "I hope this helps - stay safe! " - Nadya

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 94.76
  • "Our favorite place in Jozi" - Anonymous

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 52.64
  • "My favorite venue when visiting SA. Hopefully the situation will improve soon. God Bless you all." - Roxane Anati

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Market one of my favorite places to go. Best of luck. " - C. Davimes

  • Apr 22, 2020 - USD $ 26.32
  • "A small contribution to a very worthy cause. " - Uncle Ron

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Hope this helps just a little bit" - Susan

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Wish them the best of luck. Traders are always smiling and friendly " - Anonymous

  • Apr 22, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "A very small token of support for these talented and entrepreneurial traders. Please give them your support to get them through this and onto the other side. " - Vanessa

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 27 725.79

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00
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Rosebank Sunday Market Traders are really battling as they are unable to work and support themselves and their families.  Many traders live from hand to mouth. I am crowdfunding to assist traders who are suffering without any income.