Suraya Williams

Design26 Foundation NPO

What does your company do?

We are a women’s empowerment program that offers young women the opportunity to gain a skill and become employable within today’s competitive environment. As an FP&M SETA Accredited sewing skills provider, we have two primary purposes: To empower young women to become self-sustainable and employable through skills development. To create a robust pipeline of highly skilled employees, entrepreneurs, and suppliers contributing to the redevelopment the clothing & textile industry in South Africa. We seek to address training needs to improve productivity and contribute to the overall growth and development of the economy. Skills development is not just about training people for employment, but it must also empower people to create opportunities to make a living for themselves. Driven by its vision to offer hope, opportunity, and employment to socially deprived young women in the Cape Flats, the foundation aims to initiate sustainable social development.

What is your biggest success?

Our greatest achievement to date has been to purchase a piece of land to develop the 1st sewing skills and entrepreneurship training center in Mitchell's Plain. Plans has been drawn up and we have a Project Management Team who is assisting us with the development plans.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

To raise funds to develop the land. We are struggling to find donors who is willing to collaborate with other donors to make up the funds required in order for us to start our development plans