Nomcebo's Secondhand Shop
Nomcebo Hlongwa is 34 years old and from Isipingo, Kwazulu-Natal. Via The Wellness Centre Trust, she was able to do a Business course and several trainings, but it has been difficult for her to find a steady job. She currently lives with her brother and tries to provide for her 2 children.
The Dress Shop has set up a program for her to start her own secondhand shop by selling clothes that have small flaws. Nomcebo has followed a Sewing Class through Grace Aid and is able to fix and mend clothes, whereafter she can sell them. She goes to the local markets in Isipingo or sells them via her own Facebook page Nomcebo’s Secondhand Shop.
We would like to thank the customers of The Dress Shop who are happy to donate their clothes in case we are not able to sell them. We try to keep the quality of our clothes high but also try to avoid clothes ending up in landfills. This way we can enforce circular fashion even more.
The Princess Project
The Princess Project assists matric learners whose parents cannot afford to hire or buy an outfit for their matric dance.
Erica Pienaar started the initiative in Cape Town in 2006 with now over 32 branches in the country.
There are many young girls who can't go to their matric dance because they can't afford to, so they miss out on what's probably one of the most memorable moments in their life. Now with the Princess Project having a branch here in Durban, a lot more young women will have the opportunity to feel like a princess.
You may donate gowns, shoes and accessories at The Dress Shop in 2 Belgrave Crescent, Durban North.
eXpose HOPE is a non-profit organisation fuelled by women full of love, faith, stamina, and dedication, who care deeply for our women of Durban who are trapped within the sex industry and victims of trafficking.
Their vision is to help bring restoration, dignity, hope, and love to those working in the sex industry.
They visit +400 ladies in the Greater Durban area who are working on the streets and in various brothels on a weekly basis. They provide them with good quality, second-hand clothing, and shoes, and then try their best to get in donations such as toiletries, sanitary items, cosmetics and condoms.
Each lady is provided with a hot, healthy meal and time is spent with them building relationships and establishing how they can assist them further. They also give out baby bags to moms who are pregnant and assist with rental needs for those who they have successfully managed to get off the streets.
Every month, The Dress Shop donates 10% of the profits to this wonderful non-profit organisation.