Moses, stitching together a happy life.
School projects can be tedious, but not for 13-year-old Lexi Nell who decided to go off the beaten track for her Grade 7 school project. Tasked with interviewing a local businessman or woman in the Fourways area, Lexi chose to interview informal trader Moses Rombayi. Moses’ story is one of heartache and hope as he continues to thrive through his difficult circumstances. One of nine children, Moses lost his mother at the tender age of 13, and this is when he became ill and contracted polio. Unable to receive timeous medical treatment, Moses became reliant on using crutches and a wheelchair to get around.
In 2009, he decided to start a career as a tailor. It was during these initial years that he watched fellow tailors and dressmakers where he learned and developed his love for toys. With a desire to share this passion for toy-making and the joy toys bring, Moses had difficulty sourcing existing toy patterns, so he did what any tenacious individual would, he improvised! Through trial and error and with donated fabric, Moses has created a range of African inspired soft toys available in three sizes: large for R250, medium for R200 and small for R150. The range includes Monkey, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile and Lion.
With a desire to help Moses grow his business, Lexi contacted Hot Cares in the hope that we could help Moses expand his toy making capacity. To help Moses realise his dream of selling his toys globally and taking his family on holiday to the UK, Hot Cares has purchased Moses a four thread overlocker, an Empisal electronic sewing machine as well as a lockstitch machine all valued at over R16 000! Every Christmas, Moses donates toys to charity in his quest to inspire the youth to believe in themselves and to follow their dreams, just as he did!
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