Meet Dorothy from Cape Town, one of the 10 hard-working women at Sheltersuit South Africa’s production facility.
Although we have been producing Shelterbags in South Africa since 2020, we have finally found a location from where we can begin to scale our operations. Welcome to Studio 196, the new home for Sheltersuit in Cape Town.
On the lower level, we currently have 8 sewing machines where our dedicated team is already producing up to 450 Shelterbags per month. The upper level is envisaged as a skills development and training department. This is a key part of the total Sheltersuit story that helps previously unemployed and unskilled people break the poverty cycle and enter the workforce.
Before joining our team, Dorothy worked in a factory as a seamstress and volunteered in a community center to teach young people how to operate sewing machines. Last year, during the pandemic, she lost her job. That’s when she met Lyn (director of Sheltersuit SA) and got a job at Sheltersuit, where she is now a supervisor.
Since Dorothy joined Sheltersuit South Africa’s team, she has helped make more than a thousand Shelterbags for the homeless community in Cape Town.