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Katie and Julie practice ceramics in a community work space with a mandate to offer something back to the local community.

They wanted to give people an opportunity to explore creativity through sharing the clay they love so much themselves. They use the process of making things out of clay as an opportunity for local adults of our diverse community to interact cross-culturally in a creative space.

Many people living in the informal settlement type communities do not have the luxury or resources to explore their artistic heritage and will never know if they have a love for ceramics.

HBSPI offers the space to people of all social and financial standing to explore ceramics. For some it will become a new skill they can take further, whilst for others they will just dabble and enjoy the social aspect of the scheme. Our dream is to up skill people to become ceramicists in their own right. The t-bag rests help to practice and refine a new skill while they also hand build their own projects expressing their individuality and have pieces they can take home for themselves.

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NOAH Soap was initiated in 2010 in Khayelitsha. Using donations of soap from large hotel chains, including the 12 Apostles and One&Only Hotels, and with the help of Charlotte Rhys, the initiative re-uses the hotels’ wasted soap by cleaning it, cutting it and transforming it into new bars. Beautifully packaged, it has been sold to individuals, guest houses, conference coordinators and various other retailers.

From the sales of the soap, NOAH provides housing, health and social support for the elderly people in the community.

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Established in 2010, Growing Paper manufactures handmade environmentally responsible products such as seed paper sheets, greetings cards, invitations and much more. Their products are made from recycled paper and are embedded with seeds that will grow into flowers or herbs once you have planted your used product.

The papermaking process uses large amounts of water therefor they reuse the wastewater for farming activities on the farm where the factory is located.

The workforce is primarily made up of members from the local community and together they strive to maintain the highest standards, values and quality.

There are 4 different variations of seeds in the paper:

Mixed flowers: Alyssum and Poppy

Indigenous flowers: Buck bay vygie and African Daisy

Herbs: Basil and Wild Rocket

Vegetables: Carrots and Tomatoes