Sandra Panze was born into a family of 12 in Zimbabwe and started selling her home-made crafts from an early age. She learned how to use a sewing machine and after purchasing her own, was able to form her own business and employ two women in her own shop. She moved to South Africa with her husband and three children in 2009, settling in Parow, Cape Town. Sandra started making place mats, tablecloths, table runners and aprons at home to sell at the Hermanus market, overcoming the challenges of a foreign marketplace.
She is hoping to find a central space in Cape Town with good transport links to sell her products. She enjoys making and selling place mats, especially ones incorporating the ‘Big 5’ animals because they are uniquely African. She says it is fun to help pick the right story for each customer’s table. Sandra’s advice to women in similar circumstances is this: “Fear blocks us from achieving our goals… you have to go through some hardship before you can achieve.”
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