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Dear Friends,

We are living in a world where the trend is to publish bad news rather than good news on the front pages of newspapers. With huge levels of unemployment and poverty around us, one often wonders when this is ever going to end. But then the sun shone through the dark clouds in July when Imbali had the pleasure of hosting the graduation event for applicants who completed their three month training programme in Kylemore. It was a delight to witness these participants receive their certificates.
Topics of the training programmes included Basic Introduction to Sewing, Professional Facilitation Skills and Income Growth through Marketing. Certificates of Competence were handed to 28 graduates who completed the courses presented by Stellenbosch Crafts Alive (SCA) in partnership with Imbali. SCA, like Imbali, is focusing on developing the local craft market as a means of creating income through craft production and trading. We share a vision to contribute to a vibrant self-supporting community where human dignity, self-respect, personal contribution and community esteem are the norm, and growing to encompass the surrounding communities: Pniel, Johannesdal and Lanquedoc as well as the other "klein dorpies" adjacent to Stellenbosch.
Photo credit: Nadine Williams/GAZETTE
"We realized there is a need in the community. The young people sit at home and are struggling to find work. These courses will empower them" said Eva Williams, Imbali director of Community affairs. "It makes me very happy to see how they not only learnt more from the courses they attended, but also how they have grown in the process. They were very shy when they walked in here and now they have so much self-confidence that they cannot stop talking! We see great potential here and we are hoping to bring many more similar initiatives into the community!"

Our mission is to offer a holistic way of restoring natural and human communities, thus brightening the outlook of the world we share. Through self-help and taking responsibility for one another, we aim to enable independent income earning opportunities for young people and adults in our communities. Our home-ware design and manufacturing studio in the Kylemore High School contributes to the economic development in the area and our products are available in the iThemba Curio Shop, the Hillcrest Berry Orchard, and at Local Works, located in the heart of the historical centre of Stellenbosch.
We would like to thank our sponsors who so generously provided the funding for this very worthwhile training! Your support assisted us in consolidating and expanding this project which will impact positively and provide us the opportunity to be assured of our long-term plans coming to fruition for the benefit of our community.

Bless you for caring!
Jeanne and all at Imbali

Jeanne Bestbier-Bloch, Imbali Coordinator
Mobile: +27 83 601 2376
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