GirlStuff provides seamstress services to manufacture essential products, such as re-usable cloth sanitary pads. They are washable, cost effective, environmentally friendly and they can last up to 6 months. We also design, make and supply school uniforms. We have now started manufacturing face masks due to the pandemic.
Why Support Us?
We are driven by our strong desire to make an impact in our communities when it comes to the access of basic human needs.
GirlStuff has trained and employed 12 woman from within the community to work in the manufacturing of sanitary pads and face masks. The products we make reduces sickness and means girls can get better education. The employment GirlStuff provides helps the ladies who work here to provide food for their families. There are very few jobs in Bergnek and parents have little choice but to leave their children to find work in the nearby cities of Pretoria or Johannesburg.
- The face masks are important because they help to reduce the spread of viruses, which can devastate poor communities.
- The cloth sanitary pads mean that girls in our community won't have to risk infection, or be forced to drop out of school due to menstruation.
Face Masks: for members of Bergnek and surrounding communities, especially the elders, children and sick.
The majority of people in Bergnek and the surrounding areas live in poor, crowded housing, with minimal sanitation and not enough water to wash hands all the time. Like many other communities around the country, if one person gets infected, the whole community might also get infected, because of the way people live in disadvantaged areas. We suffer from a lot of chronic illness, such as HIV & AIDS, sugar diabetes and high blood pressure. People with such illnesses are more vulnerable to viruses, such as COVID19 and the flu. They are more likely to die because their immune system is not strong. We also have very little medical help because the nearest clinic is 40km away and we can't afford transport.
Sanitary Pads: mainly for teenage girls so they can go to school.
The inability to afford sanitary pads during menstruation means that many of the girls were forced to use primitive alternatives, such as newspapers, rags of cloth, banana leaves or hay which are both ineffective and unhygienic. All too often these alternatives lead to long term health risk such as Reproductive Tract Infections, Toxic Shock Syndrome or cervical cancer. The medical implications and unpredictability of alternative sanitation methods frequently resulted in girls skipping school and woman missing work. Research indicates that girls in developing country miss up to 50 school days annually due to menstruation. In rural communities most of the woman and girls are under monthly house arrest because of the inability to afford sanitary pads.
Our primary focus over the past years has been on the provision of cloth sanitary pads to keep girls in school. However, this is not our only focus. Those of us working at GirlStuff are driven by our strong desire to make an impact in our communities when it comes to the access of basic human needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to live and operate under very challenging conditions. The effect of this pandemic will leave the majority of our community's citizens in an even more socially and financially vulnerable position than they were before. We are afraid of what could happen in the more impoverished areas here in South Africa, so are asking for funds to make face masks to help protect people living in Bergnek and the surrounding communities.
- Because of the way people live in disadvantaged areas like Bergnek, if one person gets infected, the whole community might also get infected.
- As well as helping to protect people from the virus, this opportunity supports the seamstress with salaries, so they can put food on the table for their families.
- These masks are intended to be a barrier. We also encourage social distancing whenever possible, and to always wash hands before and after fitting or removing masks.
Please help by giving what you can. On behalf of all of us here at GirlStuff, thank you and stay well!
|Product||Description||How Many||Market Value|
|Shweshwe Face Cloth Masks.||There are easy to fit, with an elastic/lace like string-over-ear design. They have our cultural colour to give them a special touch.||2000||ZA R60|
|Double Layer Cotton Cloth Face Cloth Masks.||These are easy to fit, with an elastic/lace like string-over-ear design. One layer of cotton inside and one layer with a bit more colour on the outside. The cotton for comfort and colourful vibe because it’s easier to identify your mask, and we can all use a bit of extra colour in our day.||2000||ZA R80|
Things they need to do before they can start production.
|Source Materials||About a week (due to travelling restrictions)|
|Shweshwe Face Cloth Masks.||Production time depends in part on the number of power outages, that often happen here.||20 Minutes||4 to 6 weeks|
|Double Layer Cotton Cloth Face Cloth Masks.||20 Minutes||4 to 6 weeks|
What tasks are involved, who will do them, and how much will they be paid.
|Operations / Project Lead: project coordinatiion and ensures smooth day to day running of the project.||Keabetswe Keith Mosumane||ZA R3,000|
|Lead Seamstress: will make 600 masks and help supervise the others.||Martha Kunene||ZA R3,000|
|Sewing of Mask: will make 400 masks and do quality control.||Elisa Kepaletswe Mosomane||ZA R2,500|
|Sewing of Mask: will make 600 masks and help supervise the others.||Rainet Katjedi||ZA R3,000|
|Sewing of Mask: will make 450 masks.||Queen Makwena Mosomane||ZA R2,500|
|Sewing of Mask: will make 600 masks.||Happy Katjedi||ZA R2,500|
|Sewing of Mask: will make 450 masks.||Thabiso Mosomane||ZA R2,500|
|Sewing of Mask: will make 450 masks.||Slyvia Mashaba||ZA R2,500|
|Sewing of Mask: will make 450 masks.||Julia Mokwenyama||ZA R2,500|
What materials are needed, where they will get them, and how much will they cost.
|52 metres X School text X 2 Rolls (80c per 1m =R 4160 per roll)||Ahmedstextiles - Pretoria Gauteng||ZA R8,320|
|55 metres X Shweshwe fabric x 2 Rolls (60c per 1m = 3300 per roll))||Ahmedstextiles||ZA R6,600|
|Sewing materials: Thread, Scissors, Measure Tape, Needles, Pins and Pincushion(s), Rulers||Ahmedstextiles||ZA R2,000|
|Transportation/ Distribution - We have to hire transport to deliver, as per government regulations, no travelling between provinces, by civilians||Yet to confirm||ZA R4,000|
|Miscellaneous, including maintainance of sewing machines||ZA R2,000|
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