The Business and Financial Literacy trainings have motivated one of the graduates to set up a sewing organization called Lady Rose Foundation to advance the needs of girls and young women. One of the his aims is to produce re-usable sanitary wear for young girls and also producing masks to help fight the spread of the novel corona virus.
The aim of the Foundation is to help the girl child who cannot afford to purchase sanitary wear and to capacitate, empower young girls and women with skills of producing re-usable sanitary wear. Nqobile Ndlovu, Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association (BVTA) member discovered that lack of menstrual knowledge and poor access to sanitary products can make life difficult for girls to attend school, especially in rural areas.
Ndlovu also donates sanitary wear to orphanages and schools, he recently donated to Vulindlela Orphanage Care in Mpophoma. “Through BVTA trainings, I have grown from being a small trader to a huge investment and I am currently giving free trainings to my community,” said Ndlovu. “The re-usable sanitary pads are less likely to cause cancer, rashes and any other bacterial infections as they are more breathable and comfortable”, Ndlovu told Vendors Voice
Due to the corona virus pandemic, Ndlovu has also been conducting trainings on making face masks and donating masks to his community. “The economic situation in the country is making it hard for people to purchase masks, yet it is mandatory for everyone to wear a mask”, said Ndlovu.
The masks produced by Lady Rose Foundation are a strategy to try and reduce the spread of the virus in communities.
“All the knowledge I am implementing was attained from BVTA Business and Financial Literacy Trainings,” Ndlovu added.
“BVTA has enhanced my networking through creating linkages with other business partners in Bulawayo, business opportunities have been increased leading to increase in sales. BVTA has been a star to me, I now know my rights as a trader. I am looking forward to getting a vending space and a trading license as encouraged by BVTA” Ndlovu told Vendors Voice.
“I am grateful for the support they continue giving me throughout the trainings that I conduct and I have been receiving calls from people who want me to train them on making the re-usable pads, after getting reference from BVTA,” continued Ndlovu. “I urge other informal traders to join BVTA because they believe in supporting small businesses.”