Young Limpopo innovator, Dembe Mandavha of Malavuwe village, Vhembe District has a passion for traditional beads. She created her own business, Dembe Beads, not only to make a living but to keep the traditions alive.

She specialises in traditional beads such as Makunda, Collar necklaces, Bead bags, and accessories.

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“I started my beaded business in 2022, after having years of seeing and helping my mother make her own personal traditional and modern beads,” she told Limpopo Chronicle.

“It’s a bit challenging having to be a bead crafter and also be able to live on my own. But sometimes I have to skip sleep and work to make sure everything is done right and ask my siblings to help out where it is needed.”

WHY DEMBE MANDAVHA STARTED HER BEADS BUSINESS?

“The importance of Dembe’s Beads for me is that I am taking part in economic growth and development. My mission was to empower myself financially. When I started Dembe’s Beads I just wanted to show other young people that it is possible for the black child,”

It has been interesting and I enjoy it. I love how it teaches me to be patient and helps me learn more about myself,” said Mandavha referring to her journey.

She said being a bead crafter means the world to her because she gets to explore different designs, explore her talents daily, and engage with different people.

“My goal is to one day have or own a store of my own and also be able to open my YouTube channel where I will be able to transfer the skills and knowledge to other people on beads crafting. The most challenging part of my job is finding the right size and type of beads to make a specific order.

WORDS OF WISDOM

“My advice is to keep going, keep pushing, do you. Never forget to seek out advice where it is needed.

“Never give up on your goals ’cause it might not make sense now but tomorrow it will,” she said.

“If you are unemployed, stand up and do something for yourself. Don’t wait for the government to provide you with grants and jobs, you can do something that will put food on your table.

“The only way to improve our lives is to work hard. The time for sleeping is over. We will have a better place for all. There is nothing impossible in this country,” she concludes.

She also told Limpopo Chronicle that her family has been nothing but supportive since she started. They also help when she has big orders and she can say it helps to bond and grow as a family.

“My little secret to success is putting God first in everything that I do because He is the Author and finisher of my life story and I work hard and just focus on myself regardless of what people think.”

She encourages other young people to do all things possible that can change or better their lives.