Sisonke Beading and Sewing Project

Sisonke Beading and Sewing Project

Sisonke Beading and Sewing Project is an income-generating project and support group for HIV-positive mothers living in Langa. The project was initiated with the help of FAMSA Western Cape (Families South Africa), but is now running independently, although its finances are still channelled through FAMSA. The two trainer-managers who originally ran the project have since then been trained, and are now working, as HIV/Aids lay counsellors in clinics, but continue to supervise and support Sisonke in their free time. The group is a small, but important stepping stone for women who have recently learnt their HIV status, and need to bring in money to their homes, as well as have the support of others in a similar situation. The project functions in a container next door to the Langa Clinic where they receive counselling and medication. Some of the women then move on to other work situations, after a period of gaining beading skills, earning some income from this, benefitting from being in a support group and growing in self-confidence. RUC offers opportunities periodically for the group to market their produce and to participate, with their children, in the annual World Aids Day service held at the church.