When the West Coast Community Foundation in South Africa set out to tour community clubs in their local areas in December 2016, they did not anticipate the huge impact their community grant making would have.
One of their guests was retired needlework teacher Lorraine Jacobs who saw the eagerness in the eyes of women who wanted to do more, but did not have material or a sewing machine for their group. They explained they often do not have enough material (e.g. paints, cotton) to complete their needlework products.
Jacobs, a member of the Seniors club in Paarl, travelled with West Coast Community Foundation in December 2016 and met with her counterparts at the ‘Silver Jare’ and ‘Die Moreson’ senior clubs in Molsvlei and Nuwerus. Not only did they ask Jacobs for advice, but expressed their desire for a sewing machine and an overlocker. There was an exchange of hand-made products for cash and a few tips on how to increase their sales.
By the time Jacobs left the dusty roads of Molsvlei, she was talking to her network about her experience. Within days she managed to source boxes of material, zips and cotton from Shireen Willemse and Sandra September. These items have since been distributed amongst the six deep rural towns of Molsvlei, Stofkraal, Putsekloof, Rietpoort, Kliprand and Nuwerus.