A game changing partnership

It all started with the newest entrepreneur on the block: the Selling Seconds clothing shop in Khayelitsha and 40 cartons of clothes donated by TFG.

Khayelitsha is one of Cape Town’s fastest growing townships, but unemployment remains a key concern in this community. By helping a small enterprise get on its feet, TFG is helping to generate income for households, and is preventing textiles from going to waste and landfill.

Selling Seconds sells second-hand clothing or excess stock and employs 17 people. This includes five new jobs since TFG’s first donation in November 2021.

Their highlights:

  • All 17 Selling Seconds staff now generate additional monthly income which they use to purchase food, pay their funeral policies, enjoy entertainment and leisure activities, and assist their grandchildren and children financially. In addition, all participants report a sense of purpose and passion for the work they are doing.
  • We redesigned our shop and increased our opening hours from 9:00 to 15:00 and are open every Saturday to service those clients who cannot shop during working hours.
  • We do marketing and advertising in the form of flyers, Facebook, Instagram, and a newly designed Selling Seconds page.
  • Materials such as cardboard and plastic are recycled wherever possible and clothes in need of repair are fixed by two seamstresses in Woodstock – creating even more work and income for families.