"Nhlonipho Respect The condition of being honored esteemed or respected or well regarded"
From an early age, Lucia had a love for the arts. Today she has taken her passion and turned it into a business. “NHLONIPHO CRAFT ART”, the name of her company, comes from the respect she has for her products. In her company, she does beading, and makes badges, jewellery and mosaics.
Lucia received a lot of training from the Afrika Tikkun Career Development Programme programme. The training allowed her to transition into an entrepreneurial programme with the Curriculum Development Project for Art and Culture Education Training. This is where she learnt to do mosaic, beading, jewellery making and making badges.
Despite running a successful start-up, Lucia is placing a lot of energy on developing her craft, giving back to the community and developing her financial knowledge. Many people, whether they are working a job or running their own business fail to understand the fundamentals of handling their money, planning and budgeting to avoid finding themselves in the traps of debt.
After graduating, she trained 15 young unemployed women from her community as her way of giving back.