Asandé - empowering women through micro businesses

Asandé (@asandejewellery) comes alongside women here in South Africa and further afield in the DRC through The Mother's Union.

They believe that empowering women through business is the most effective way to create a brighter future for women in need. Through each purchase they are able to fund three things for women here and in Congo.

Firstly, holistic care for each woman depending on her needs. They 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.

Their hope is that through Asandé women can create a brighter future for themselves and their families.


Handmade Cotton Coasters

Through this they are supporting two incredible women and brands:
Esther Macrame who is a local refugee who they 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.

Asandé has since relocated and will be rebranding - so keep a look out for their launch. 


Esther & Bernard from Esther Macrame (@macrame_esther)⁠

Esther Macrame creates gorgeous handmade macrame pieces and even take commissions if you would like a piece unique to you! 

Esther & Bernard's business originated from modest beginnings, and through their business they are hoping to change their families future to one that is bright and full of opportunity. 

Purchase something handmade, high quality and change a families future at the same time!

"The last few years have been hard for our family. We have found ourselved 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."⁠ - Esther

Here are a few of Esther's products:


The products currently listed on Jislaaik Shop will be available until all stock has been sold out. Ester is still developing new products which can be purchased directly from her.


Barbara Scrunchies (@barbara_lephuthing)


Hello, I’m Barbara Lephuthing. I live in Dunoon with my beautiful kids.

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.


Jislaaik Online Shop Asandé Nude Floral Hair Scrunchie(1)


We currently only have 1 of Barbara's scrunchies left in stock. 

Barbara is still developing new products which can be purchased directly from her.

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