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CATHERINE CHOMURA | TATENDA CREATIONS

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CATHERINE CHOMURA | TATENDA CREATIONS

In 2013 Catherine was diagnosed with eye cancer and had to have not only her right eye removed, but both eye lids as well. Subsequently she became unemployed. During this very difficult time, a friend wanted to help keep her busy and taught her the art of crocheting.

Catherine caught on quickly and her enthusiasm grew. Unable to find work, she decided that she could use this talent and started crocheting children’s toys to stay afloat financially.

She wakes up early and stays up late to make the toys during the week between attending to her young children. On a Saturday and Sunday she is up at 5am to sell her handmade items in Pineslopes, Fourways Johannesburg.

Through her hard work and craft she is able to keep food on the table for her and her 6 year old twins.


WHY WE CHOSE CATHERINE:

Faced with devastating circumstances, Catherine managed to take a newly learned skill and through nothing other than hard work, turned it into a source of income. We look up to someone who can create something from nothing and use it to improve their lives, despite adversity.


WHAT THE #EmpowHER DONATION WILL BE USED FOR:

Catherine will be using the funds to buy bigger volumes of the wool stock needed to make her toys. The extra stock will save her an immense amount of time and trouble finding transport. It will also allow her to #EmpowHER a helper who can knit alongside her to create more toys to be able to fill orders.