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Changing lives one stitch at a time

The Artists

Ntombizodwa Kufa

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Ntombizodwa was taught to sew and embroider by her sister when she was 13, and made her own dolls and dolls’ clothes. Growing up in Zimbabwe as one of eight children, she was forced to leave school because there was no money and she needed to earn an income. An expert at crocheting and Hadenga, a traditional Zimbabwean candle wicking technique that is used in the manufacturing of textiles, she used to make fabric for chairs and sold this in Botswana before coming to South Africa.

She left Zimbabwe in 2009 looking for work and a better future. In 2011 she arrived at Taunina and says that now, for the first time in her life, she has a regular income and can buy things she needs. Best of all, she has sent money back home to build a house.

She has two children, Tryness (14) and Nisha (5). The younger one lives in Zimbabwe with her sister-in-law and she enjoys it when her mother visits her at Christmas time.

Ntombizodwa loves to sing gospel songs and attend church services on Sundays.

Taunina has been a huge help, especially guaranteeing a good education for my children. My dream is to travel, especially to Brazil!

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