Craft, Coffee and Cake at the Vileli Project

Vileli Coffee & Shop @ Taste of Tzaneen

Make a point to visit the Vileli Coffee & Shop at the Taste of Tzaneen 2018, which will be held at Fairview Hotel in Tzaneen on 2/3 November 2018 

The Shop will host, Bayhound Coffee, Hendrick Willem Clothing, Furniture from Double Barrel, Crafts from Vileli, Jewellery from Rawhide & Rubies and this is all hosted by our fabulous barista Reinier.

All exhibitors will share a part of their profit towards the Vileli Project which is an EXIT Programme for vulnerable women based in Tzaneen, Limpopo and is an initiative which falls under Stop Trafficking of People (STOP).  This project tries to take people off the streets and rehabilitate them through different programs and training courses.

“Our project aims to provide women with a life beyond the streets and sexual exploitation. Through intervention, ministry, counselling, and skills (soft and hard] we try to restore the spirit, soul and body thus regaining their worth. Our social enterprise Vileli (aniVileli – meaning free in Tsonga) teaches our women handcrafts for income generation (both for the project and the women) throughout their rehabilitation period and we offer them support till they can Exit the programme. We help steer and skill them once they are confident to step out of our programme in a sector of their choosing, with entrepreneurial opportunities and long-term support...” explains Me Corrinne Sandenbergh, chairperson of this noble project.

Currently the project has seven ladies who quit prostitution and fall under their supervision and care in Tzaneen and are part of the Vileli Project.

The Vileli project has enrolled the ladies in different learnership and presently two of the ladies are enrolled on a security training course, three are in hospitality training where they are working at a local hotel, one is training in an interior decorating business and one is based full time with the project as a crafter.

The ladies receive a monthly stipend from the project, but the project struggles to sustain the initiative due to lack of funding.  Sandenbergh pleads to the community of Tzaneen to acknowledge, support and to donate towards the project to help the women in her care and help to remove more from the life of prostitution and to give them a better future.

For more information on the project and for donations contact Corinne Sandenbergh on 082 456 2459. For more information on the Vileli Coffee & Shop, visit the www.tasteoftzaneen.co.za webpage

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