About Hangberg and Hout Bay project
Hangberg is one of the two townshipsin Hout Bay (Cape Town), a small community just twenty minutes from downtown Cape Town.
Hagberg has a population of about 15,000 people and within that population we find two types of indigenous groups: Khoi-Khoi and Colored. Both live in Hout Bay with a predominantly white population, which controls all economic resources.
In this small township the main problems are: land ownership, unemployment (especially youth), drugs, loss of values and lack of economic resources.
Hout Bay Project is the solution that from Meraki Bay we propose to improve the future and present of the community.
We support our project in 3 pillars: Childhood, empowerment of women and entrepreneurship.
Although the 3 pillars are different, there are synergies between them and they are our 3 forces to achieve a better community in the future.
In the childhood pillar, the goal is for Houties and Leopards children to be able to study and receive specific training so that they can later develop as professionals, as well we want the students of now to be the monitors in the future.
In the pillar of empowerment, we want to provide support to all the women in the community who support their families and, in the future, we intend to form youth workshops in which they can develop your creativity and start small businesses.
Finally, entrepreneurship as a direct way to generate income in the community and motivate locals to carry out an economic activity.
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According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), women, specifically women from rural areas, are one of the most vulnerable groups within the collective poor workers and that is why from Meraki Bay we have also decided to start a project with women.
Our workshops are made up of a group of six women between 55 and 80 years old. Every Tuesday and Thursday they meet in the Hangberg library and work on different projects that motivate them so they can then sell those products in a local market and get extra income. So far they have sewn the scarves of Houties and cloth organizers.
In our first months we made the scarves for Houties and some fabric organizers that we sold at Christmas. For 2019 we are making products to sell in local markets or through our website (events).
The material costs are covered by part of the sales revenue.