Cape NGO puts a spin on donated threads to help fund education

A local project is seeking to bring together the worlds of fashion lovers and those in need of education.

Three Capetonian women founded For Black Girls Fashion Trade, which launched in November at the Philippi Village.

The non-profit organisation trades fashion for education, explains founding member Nasiphi Fazi.

Fazi, Hlumbisa Mbanga and Kuhle Dumeduze have shared their passion for fashion and education.

The organisation collects donated clothing and up-cycles the items into trendy fashion items to re-sell.

The proceeds of the sales then go towards assisting with school fees, books, stationery, uniform, sanitary pads, life skills and mentorship for young girls in need.

We appeal to the public to donate lightly-worn clothing. We upcycle the clothes with designers who have creative ways to make the clothes fashionable.

Nasiphi Fazi, marketing and communications manager of For Black Girls Fashion Trade

We sell the clothes and the aim is to raise as much money as possible to assist with education crisis in South Africa.

Nasiphi Fazi, marketing and communications manager of For Black Girls Fashion Trade

Fazi says the response has been overwhelming and welcomes all forms of assistance for the young initiative.

The trade will be done primarily through an e-commerce website, set to be launched on 1 March 2017.

To learn more, visit the For Black Girls Fashion Trade Facebook page or check out their website.

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