Asandé comes alongside women here in South Africa and further afield in the DRC through The Mother’s Union.
We believe empowering women through business is the most effective way to create a brighter future for women in need. Through each purchase we are able to fund three things for women here and in Congo. Firstly, holistic care for each woman depending on her needs. We then provide skills training for her to be effective in the business of her choice and lastly seed funding to create their own micro-enterprise.
Each woman who is a part of the Asandé family is empowered to use business to rebuild their lives from the ground up. Our hope is that through Asandé women can create a brighter future for themselves and their families. We currently sell our own jewellery range which is predominantly gold plated pieces and 30% of profits go to The Mother’s Union in DRC. We also stock home wares and accessories from Esther Macrame who is a local refugee who we work with to rebuild her life and Barbara’s Scrunchies – a woman from a local informal settlement who started a scrunchie brand during lockdown to support her family. We stock in SA and in the UK.
The last few years have been hard for our family. We have found ourselves on very hard times. But through Asandé we’ve been able to create our own micro-enterprise and slowly we’re rebuilding our lives through business.
Barbara Lephuthing is 39 years old and lives in Dunoon with her two beautiful kids. She is a talented seamstress and has recently launched her own scrunchie brand!
“I have a dream to make clothes and I believe that this is the start of my dream. I am making handmade scrunchies in order to build a future for my kids and support my family. Through my work, I would like to empower the people around me in my community.”