ABOUT US

The Clothes to Good social enterprise recycles used and new clothing as a means of creating micro-business (MB) opportunities for Mothers of children with disabilities, employment, and job Life Skills and Supported Employment training for this often vulnerable community. Clothes to Good addresses these needs by providing economic opportunities for people living in low-income communities, with a particular focus on people with disabilities and their families.







Exit people from poverty

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Some of the challenges faced by people with disabilities living in low-income communities include:
  • Exclusion from the education system More than 600,000 children with disabilities (especially those with multiple disabilities) are excluded from the education system, and those who are at school, do not receive the adequate support required to meet their special needs;
  • Limited healthcare facilities most public clinics and hospitals do not have the resources to address the on-going health issues confronted by this community;
  • Affordable transportation taxis, trains and buses are generally not designed to cater to this community, which mandates the use of expensive special purpose transportation; and
  • Abuse and harassment limited access to opportunities often means that people with disabilities in low-income communities are confined to their homes, which exposes children and youth to sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Accordingly, the statistics reflect that these children are 3 to 4 times more likely to be abused than able-bodied children.


These and a myriad of other challenges generally prevent people with disabilities from becoming gainfully employed. This is reflected in South Africa by the current unemployment rate of 99% among people with disabilities. They therefore remain critically dependent on their parents, particularly their mothers, who are often forced to remain at home to provide care hindering the familys opportunities and potential to find pathways out of poverty.

The Clothes to Good (C2G) social enterprise was created to address these needs by providing economic opportunities for people living in low-income communities, with particular focus on people with disabilities and their families. C2G recycles used and new clothing as a means of creating micro-business (MB) opportunities for Mothers of children with disabilities, employment, and job Life Skills and Supported Employment training for this often vulnerable community.

Create inclusive work

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Care for our environment

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OUR ACTIVITIES

The programmes have been structured to support Early Childhood Development (ECD) including those children living with disabilities, improving the mobility for children living with disabilities, environment awareness, or support of your existing outreach initiative. The programmes create awareness to the challenges faced by people with disabilities, environment awareness and show how recycling of clothes can create jobs for the unemployed (including people living with disabilities), create micro-business, and raise funds to do good.

Recycling

We recycle gently used clothes through our recycling programmes. These are supported via a 30 day recycling programme. Chose a programme that matches your heart and fits your organization's needs.


Upcycling

Clothes that are not ready to reuse are repaired and reused, or upcycled in Early Childhood Development (ECD) toys for low resourced creches. It is delivered to creches via our 123ECD service and supported via OnRoute 123ECD platform with how to videos and online support. 


Onroute inclusion

Through our OnRoute Life Skills & Supported Employment service, People with Disabilities are trained and positioned into meaningful work across the Clothes to Good and at collaboration partner businesses. This service is available to the person with the disability, mother, mentor and therapist.


10000+

Students recycling

400+

Tons recycled

800+

Children @ creches

50+

Supported creches

OUR IMPACT

Student-led /volunteer change

Through our clothes to programmes students/volunteers are mentored on how to run a successful clothing recycling programme fund their outreach project. Over 100,000 students engaged to date!

Early Chidhood Development

Day care mothers from low resourced creches are empowered to feed and stimulate their children at creche through 123ECD. This includes children with disabilities. Over 800 children impacted todate.

People with Disabilities

People with disabilities have been included in meaningful work across the ecosystem at Clothes to Good and collaboration business partners. Over 100 people with disabilities have been impacted to-date.

Our Collaboration Partners