All participants in USB-ED programmes will in future receive sustainable study-material bags, made by Learn to Earn
, a skills development organisation that works with unemployed people from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The social responsibility venture was launched early in 2011. “Changing our bags from synthetic to a sustainable product – cotton – will result in increased job creation, skills development and poverty alleviation,” says Gail Vertue, USB-ED’s Logistics and Administration Manager.
The new bags are made from 100% cotton with a hessian strap. “We use natural fibres to make up our product so that they have a minimal impact on the environment”, says Andrew Lane, manager of the Business Resource Centre at Learn to Earn
The organisation runs a job creation programme to develop unemployed people by facilitating business opportunities, job creation and access to economic ponds. The communities Learn to Earn
serves are previously disadvantaged communities of the Western Cape. Lane shares: “The skills, momentum and learning that we have achieved from producing a line of bags such as this has enabled us to improve the facility, training and outcomes of our business centre. These bags are manufactured at our organisation here in Khayelitsha. We recognise that people need to be given access to resources and that they need support to become self-sustaining.”