The plush toys available in Shoprite and Checkers stores this festive season will bring joy to the little ones that receive them as gifts, and has done the same for the Cape Flats, Cape Town families who helped to make them.
Local manufacturer Indofurn and Mitchells Plain-based Non-Profit Company (NPC) 3Fold Life Support was contracted by Shoprite and Checkers to stuff and stitch its imported teddy bear and other plush toy skins.
This initiative created employment for 26 people, many of whom are single mothers, including René April who is now able to support her children, mom and extended family with the money earned from this project.
“I have two teens and one of them is in matric this year. Before this project, I relied solely on SASSA to make ends meet. Now I am able to provide for my family,” she says.
The factory has produced more than 56 000 plush toys since September and supports the circular economy as the stuffing is made from regenerated unicurl which is manufactured locally from recycled plastic bottle caps that are spun to make it soft and fluffy.
“70% of the families we work with were once on our list for poverty alleviation and were eligible for biweekly food aid from the NPC," explains Donavan Witbooi of 3Fold Life Support.
“Since the Shoprite employment contract, they are able to sustain their families and the aid can be redirected to other families in need."
- Donavan Witbooi of 3Fold Life Support
The following plush toys are available from Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets nationwide:
- Plush Patchbelly Teddy Bear (70cm) – the perfect cuddly friend for kids or adults. These teddies come in three colours and retail for R149,99 each.
- Plush Mythical Creature Doll (70cm) – the adorable unicorn and dinosaur dolls can make a great addition to your little one’s toy collection. Retails for R129,99 each.
- Bestmade Plush Bear (1 metre) – the classic jumbo teddy makes a great gift for kids of all ages. Retails for R199,99 each.