“It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it” - Nelson Mandela
The Magic Bean Foundation is a non-profit organisation with three motivated women, Lorraine Evans, Lucy Wheeler and Shelley Stievenart, who aim to empower communities and develop skills, by sharing knowledge to improve lives, sustainability & restore our planet.
Community members are mentored and taught how to utilise recyclable materials in order to turn them into practical and reusable items. Items range from bags and hats to table mats and pot holders (and many more!)
The Magic Bean Foundation has grown into an organisation that provides trainers to communities for workshops. The uMlazi-based, Vimba Indlala Siyaphambili (VIS) is one of the areas that locals are being taught how to crochet with plastic bags (also known as plarning), which are then sold by the Magic Bean Foundation at flea markets.
“We want to give opportunities to the many people who are sitting at home or on the streets not earning money. We can do this by sharing a skill with them that involves donated items or plastic they can reuse to create something to sell for food for their families,” says Lorraine.
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HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
The Magic Bean Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help with crochet/crafting skills, or extra hands to make the products they sell to raise funds, collect plastic shopping packets and preparing the bags. People can also volunteer their time to work at markets. You can also help by sharing their story and creating awareness for the foundation.
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