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The Clothing Bank
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The Clothing Bank
Who are they?
The Clothing Bank was formally established in 2009 when two women, Tracey Chambers and Tracey Gilmore, saw a need in the community and felt they could make a difference.
Clothing is a basic human need and South Africa alone has an excess of R200 – R900 million per annum that could benefit NPOs and communities.
What they do?
The Clothing Bank has a systematic way in which they do things:
Clothing (new and second hand) is collected from various sources and stored in a warehouse
Store labels are removed, second hand items repairs and some even remodelled/updated
Clothing is sorted into various categories
Once sorted the clothing is sent to various NPOs, Government departments and welfare institutions. This clothing is stored to ensure that when a disaster occurs then immediate response can take place.
An Enterprise Development Programme allows women who have participated and worked at the clothing bank can buy clothes from the bank and resell it in their communities.
All women who work at the Clothing Bank need to participate in a 12 month development programme. After this the women can decide to open their own business in their communities or enter into the greater economy.
The Work Intergration Programme supports and focuses on future prospects after completing the development programme. The WIP will seek opportunities and assist to women to exit the programme and smoothly integrate into their next stage of economic development.
How to get can get involved
- Corporate Sponsorship
- Retail contributions and contributions in kind
- NPOs - Enterprise Development
- For Employers
- Donations (Clothing and Money)
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