Ngwekazi Apiwe Makaba

Nam Foundation NPC l Nam Creations

What does your company do?

No child should have to go to school without a pair of shoes on their feet. Seeing the joy in the faces of these children when they receive the shoes, it is priceless. Brand- new school shoes cost a lot of money, and these families cannot afford them. It warms our heart to know they will have one less thing to worry about. It Is important to us to build their confidence. We want to reduce a high number of school absenteeism and drop-outs caused by menstrual related challenges. To have a holistic development and empowerment of the girl child and the boy child at a later stage. To restore dignity in our girls and promote quality education. Our goal is to be the leading advocates to a positive change in Menstrual hygiene. Nam Foundation aims to unify, restore dignity and build confidence in children and adolescents from disadvantaged backgrounds, we provide school shoes, sanitary towels and offer educational information that helps them make sound decisions about their futures.

What is your biggest success?

Our greatest achievements is being able to reach the deepest rural areas in the Eastern cape. Through Nam Foundation we have donated over 1500 school shoes, and over 6000 sanitary towels, and 35 out of 30 schools benefitted from the projects. Being able to visit Ethembeni JSS in Qumbu, Orange groove JSS in Mtata, Dumisa Lower Primary in Mdantsane, St Lukes in Nxarhuni, Lady Frere JSS in Lady frere, Second Greek in Duncan Village, Xuba JSS in Xhora, Nyangelizwe JSS in Xhora, Msento JSS in Centane and Kwezi PS in Nqamakwe, Jongabantu in Nqamakwe, Southeyville in Centane, Mboya in Gatyana and many more.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

My biggest hurdle is not getting funding or grants. However that did not make me stop. Last year we weren’t doing so well and I needed to find a way to bring in money and make the organisation more sustainable. And so, armed with a second-hand sewing machine left to her by my grandmother and a knack for fashion, I launched Nam Creations. I had to look deeper to find something that I am passionate about and after months of trying, I took a chance to follow my love for fashion. I was self-taught and I knew I needed to polish my skill. I gathered young women in my community in Braelyn who helped carry out my vision. We started making bags in December, with the aim of putting 60% of the profits straight into the NPO so that we could continue to do our community development work programmes. Starting was not easy, especially