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“Sithembene Womens Development Enterprise focuses on traditional beaded accessories that have a modern flare.”

The brand was borne out of the owner’s admiration for older women’s adornment in different South African cultures. All products created by Sithembene are uniquely handcrafted and no two pieces are identical. Having realized the gap in the traditional accessory market, Sithembene launched beading training targeted at upskilling local women. This allows them to have a stable source of income and run businesses of their own. To date, they have trained more than 300 women.