Sia Sama Sama

  • Sia Zamz Zamz project workers

Sia Sama Sama is isiXhosa term meaning “Something from Nothing”

Jonga Trust realised there was a group of state pensioner ladies meeting daily in a container outside their eye clinic in Khayelitsha Cape Town South Africa.

Most of these woman have to rear orphaned grandchildren, as parents have either abandoned them or have died from HIV Aids. They try and managed this on a state pension of R1 300.00 per month.

Jonga Trust, through donations, have been able to encourage them to become productive, to make something from nothing.  

Money received from donor funding are used for the purchasing of beads, wire, buttons, wool and various knitting-, sewing- and crochet needles.  

At present the Sia Sama Sama ladies are making evening bags from new unused ring pull of cool drink cans, beading necklaces and earrings, children’s jerseys and blankets.  

All the products are sold at flea market outlets and a committee of ladies oversee the equal distribution of any income derived from their handiwork.

At present they are saving towards a sewing machine so that they can start making more products.

The object of this project is to empower the Sia Sama Sama ladies to be sustainable in purchasing their own materials and to improve their accommodation as the container can get very cold in winter.