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South African Beaded Pictures


Monkeybiz South Africa is a nonprofit income-generating bead project started in January 2000. Through creating sustainable employment, Monkeybiz focuses on women's economic empowerment and health development in the most economically under-resourced areas of South Africa.

By creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind beaded art pieces, the women have found a sustainable way to support themselves and their families.

The project, which has established a vibrant community of more than 450 bead artists, many of whom are the sole breadwinners within their households, has transformed the beaded arts market in South Africa. Departing from the culture of mass-produced curio craft, each piece is unique and signed by the artist, ensuring that individual artists receive recognition for their work.

All of the profits from the sales of artworks are reinvested back into community services, including weekly soup kitchens, yoga, drama , as well as a burial fund for artists and their families.  Life in the townships of Cape Town is extremely challenging in a material sense. Each Monkeybiz bead artwork created by the beading community is a reminder that the human spirit can triumph over seemingly hopeless conditions. 


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