Kopanang community project – A project that has been running since 2001, to uplift the lives of women on the fringes of society. This is done through offering emotional support and a caring community, an opportunity to earn a basic living through the making embroidered products. Most of the women live in shacks, around Tsakane, a township far from any town or job opportunities, have little formal education, and are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS.
The project is currently undertaking an intensive formation and training initiative, with the aim of the project becoming managed and run by the women.
The aims and focus of 2015
To assist the community to improve sales and thus income through more effective products, packaging and marketing.
To work with their design team to improve their understanding of design to become more self-sufficient.
HOW WE HELPED
The main objective of our sub-group is to create a new approach to products, making something more appealing to their market in order for them to make more money from their sales, which would in turn benefit them. Essentially this can improve their livelihood by boosting their sales they could obtain more profits for their hard work.
WHAT WE DID
Our main idea was to design a bag that’s multi functional. We came up with ideas for the style of a bag that:
- Can be sold individually
- Can be sold as set where the bag is used to hold a number of items that they currently sell. E.g. books, pens, table bags.
- The bag is more simplistic with less embroidery work, allowing the ladies to produce more in a shorter time.
- The bag is multi functional – can be used as a smaller or a bigger bag. It is made of a durable and stronger fabric than what they currently produce.