Kanyisa Mtshemla

39, Khayelitsha, I am a businesswoman.

I did a sewing course when I was young, and then I got a job at TFG and made clothes for seven years. In 2019 I resigned because I wanted to own my own business.

I joined TCB and started buying an selling clothing. I graduated in 2021 with all the skills I learned from TCB – how to manage a business and be my boss.

But there was something in me that still wanted to sew. When TradeUp started, I wanted to join because I have sewing and business skills. This was the place for me!

Everything has changed in my life since I started here. With coaching and mentoring, I learned so much about myself. Before, I was running my business without knowing what it took.

I see other people struggling, and I help them: How to cut with and without a pattern. I show them how to do it at home – I like to share my knowledge.

Next, I have big plans for my business: I found my own workshop space – I am preparing to run my own business from there. I have machines (an overlocker, plain machines and cover seam). I am still busy preparing my business space, and I plan to open my business in August 2022.

My business will focus on making tracksuits, dresses, kids’ clothing and traditional wear.

I will employ other people to help me.

Bradley Freeman

Bradley Freeman, a TCB Repair Graduate, overcame drug addiction and is now self-employed, running an appliance repair and sales business. He has eradicated poverty from his life and is financially and socially independent. Most importantly, he has dignity. Now, he is paying it forward.

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