Tinyiko Sewing project
Topsy’s aim is to make a success of the Sewing project and to develop participants in the project into successful, skilled breadwinners. To give the project direction under expert guidance, and to develop a product range under a successful brand that fills a gap in the market, Topsy has recently entered into partnership with Ilithuba, an organisation that specializes in helping NPOs to establish and nurture successful social enterprises. Ilithuba was founded by Tina Craig who has a background in Community Development and a passion for skills development.
Early in 2009, new plans for the project were presented to members of the communities we help. The Sewing Project will serve as an excellent illustration of Topsy’s striving for sustainability. Within 12 months, Topsy aims to have 70-75 individuals benefitting from the project.
During this time a lot of work will be taking place to establish the Topsy brand with the public. The aim is to have eight outlets stocking Topsy products by the end of 2009. Beadwork items will be used on Topsy’s sewn products, and in-house purchasing of beadwork items from our sister Beadwork Project will mean an increase in sales of Topsy beadwork.