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Sparrow Society

Because People Matter. And Stuff is never just Stuff.

Stuff is made by real people, with real hopes & dreams and real value.

When we choose to buy ethically-made products, we choose to sustainably support REAL people.

Our Mission Statement

From Aid to Trade

Working Together towards a more equal and unified society through skills development, job creation and enterprise development.

Many of South Africa’s social problems will find poverty and unemployment at it’s root.  Moving away from the traditional relief and aid model and into a sustainable and holistic economic empowerment  model, our focus is on creating dignifying and viable economic opportunities predominantly for women in a range of industries.

 

Sparrow Society provides her with viable skills training, the ongoing support network to keep her successful and in researching/creating opportunities for continued advancement. 

Core Objectives
Gender Based Violence is a reality that many women in South Africa face.
It has been proven that when women are able to financially sustain themselves, they are less vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
By providing economic opportunities for women, we are restoring the power back into her hands to protect herself, provide for her family, and reach for a better future.
We are not in the business of creating products. We are in the business of creating options - real options." - Kate Brim-Senekal, Founder & Managing Director

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Skills Development

Having additional skills helps candidates stand out in a crowded job market. We offer training in:
+ Upskilling Sewing Skills
+ Barista Program & Coffee Sales
+ Work readiness & Entrepreneurship
+ Upskilling in Quality, Consistency & Reliability as well as customer care and communication.

Job Creation

We not only train in useable skills, but we work to procure and grow REAL & sustainable job opportunities.
+ Researching and procurement of real economic opportunities for our beneficiaries
+ Recruitment and providing training for beneficiaries to be successful in new job opportunity
+Partnerships with International Brands

For candidates who have an entrepreneurship edge and are ready to take their business idea to the next level, they are invited to participate in our Creative Business Skills Course & Mentorship program where they learn:
+ Basic Business Skills:
+ Tax & Compliance
+ Branding & Marketing
+ Product Development, Pricing
+ Sales & Customer Service

Our Programs
Sustainable programs that incorporate skills training, job creation and opportunities for advancement:

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#ProductsWithPurpose Our main project, Sparrow Society, is focused on reviving textile manufacturing in South Africa through promoting locally and ethically made, high-quality branded tote bags and zip bags for a wide range of retailers and global cosmetic brands. Our training focuses on upskilling seamstresses to reach a high level of quality, consistency and reliability in order to retain and grow client list, both locally and internationally. img Ethical Manufacturing img

Slide #KnowWhoMadeIt Sparrow Society is not a traditional factory, but rather works through the creation of a network of over 100 home-based seamstresses (SewBoss), empowering women with basic business skills and a support network to allow her flexibility and ownership, while maintaining access to ongoing work opportunities and peer support to keep her business sustainable. img Enterprise
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Slide "Change the World, but Start with Coffee". Through targeted sourcing, training and messaging, We Rise Coffee aims to create an avenue for women to break into this exciting and rapidly growing industry. We Rise Coffee
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Coffee Appreciation
Barista Skills Training
Sales & Customer Service
Job Readiness
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Slide #YesSheCan "Empowering girls with a choice for a brighter future through Entrepreneurship Training and Business Incubator"

The Young Entrepreneur Society is a course developed specifically for high school aged girls to introduce them to entrepreneurship themes and opportunities to develop their own business plan and get input from a business mentor.
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Donate

Sparrow Society is a registered non-profit (NPO) and public benefit organisation (PBO).

Make a lump sum donation, monthly contribution or choose from our Impact Packages below to sponsor a woman in one of our skills courses or sponsor her business kit to jump start her dream.

If you are a South African tax payer, your donations (of up to 10% of your taxable income) can be claimed back on your annual tax return.

Please request a certificate from us if you intend on claiming your donation as a tax benefit.

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