As part of a comprehensive developmental programme, focused on the upliftment of the Thornhill community, a 100% black women-owned SMME has been receiving support and funding from Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.
MMB Sewing Project, a name derived from the owners’ surnames, was started by three very passionate women from this small community, who identified the need for a local school uniform supplier. As a viable SMME, which is now receiving a substantial boost, job opportunities are expected to open up, with the increase of work.
“The business stands a very good chance of changing the economic conditions of the ladies’ personally, as well as providing much needed jobs for the community of Thornhill. Plus, through a needs analysis study, we know that Thornhill Primary School parents will benefit from access to a capacitated local business, to purchase uniforms from,” said Nonini Makhothe, Economic Development Specialist, Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.
To begin with, the wind farm assisted the enterprise by preparing the secured land to accommodate a container structure to house their business, this included levelling out the land and casting a concrete slab for the container to sit upon. Since then a container has been purchased and modified to operate as a sewing company; fencing and gates have been installed as well a steel structure to secure the air conditioner; and the electricity application and main power supply is underway.
But, most importantly, sewing equipment has been purchased and installed and the directors are receiving training. Further support is underway, all designed to ensure a favourable working environment that can support a thriving small business.
“The help from Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm has assisted us to properly set up our company, but we are certainly most excited to have received the highest quality sewing equipment, making it easier for us to be able to support and service our community,” said Xoliswa Mbenga, one of the MMB Sewing Project business owners.