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The Monkeybiz Story

 

Monkeybiz is a non-profit income-generating bead project founded in January 2000 by ceramic artists Barbara Jackson, Shirley Fintz and Mathapelo Ngaka-Mtati. Monkeybiz focuses on women's economic development and has established a vibrant community of more than 450 bead artists, many of whom are the sole breadwinners within their households. Through creating sustainable employment, Monkeybiz focuses on women's economic empowerment and health development in the most economically under-resourced areas of South Africa. Monkeybiz has transformed the beaded arts market in South Africa. Each Monkeybiz artwork is unique and is signed by the artist, ensuring that individual artists receive recognition for their work. All of the profits from the sales of artworks are reinvested back into community services including soup kitchens, food parcels and a burial fund for artists and their families. Monkeybiz artwork is sold worldwide in a variety of well-known shops as well as on the website:www.monkeybiz.co.za

 

The Monkeybiz Bead Project began as a shared vision among the three artists to regenerate the indigenous art of beadwork, while creating employment opportunity for women in the most under-resourced areas of the Western Cape.

The artists date the origins of Monkeybiz to late 1999, when Mathapelo Ngaka-Mtati, then a domestic worker and part-time student at the late Barbara Jackson's Cape Town ceramic studio, approached Jackson and fellow ceramic artist Shirley Fintz with some beaded bracelets that her mother, Makatiso, had made. Recognizing the need for job creation and convinced of the possibility for economic development through the arts, Fintz and Jackson gave Ngaka a bowlful of glass beads, thread, and two beaded ANC dolls that Jackson had purchased at the 1994 Grahamstown Arts Festival. When Ngaka returned to the ceramics studio with a small doll that she and her mother had beaded, Jackson and Fintz were hooked.

 

Over the past ten years, this thriving women's economic development initiative has established a vibrant and growing community of nearly 450 bead artists, many of whom are the sole breadwinners within their households. Monkeybiz provides beads, thread, cotton and skills training for the artists, who are paid according to the merit of their work. Monkeybiz then markets the artworks in galleries and shops worldwide.

 

Promoting Socially Responsible Tourism and Export

Monkeybiz has transformed the beaded arts market in South Africa. Departing from the culture of mass produced curio craft, each Monkeybiz artwork is unique and is signed by the artist, ensuring that individual artists receive recognition for their work. Monkeybiz artworks have appeared in major domestic and international museums and galleries.

 

The MonkeyBiz Vision

The Monkeybiz vision is to build an iconic, world renowned brand synonymous with the revival of beaded art, social upliftment and poverty alleviation.  All proceeds from the sales of the beadwork return directly to the communities and the bead artists' benefit. As a not for profit company, Monkeybiz operates in donated office space and the artists' bead at home, which allows them to look after their families and avoid transport costs.

 

Sustainable Development
The project uses discarded off-cuts from clothing manufacturers as the filler for the beaded dolls and animals. Monkeybiz has also helped develop a line of recycled rubber products, including jewellery, picture frames, and bags using rubber from old car tyres. 

Black Economic Empowerment 
Legislation passed in South Africa in 2003 encourages firms to adopt Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) strategies that promote diversity in the management and ownership of businesses. Monkeybiz is proud to have achieved the second highest BEE accreditation rating (660) in South Africa.

 

 

  

How You Can Help?

Financial Donations

Support an Artist
For approximately R2500 or USD340 you can sustain the purchase of the artworks produced by one artist for an entire year.

Food Parcels
Good nutrition is vital in poverty alleviation for people who do not have the time or resources to eat properly - so donations of food improve their lives considerably. For approximately R300 or USD40 you can buy a food parcel of groceries for a household.

Soup Kitchens
For R2000 or USD$268 p/month you can purchase the food needed to run a soup kitchen in the community.
*Exchange rates used from 2010.01.15 09:06:17 UTC 1USD = 11.69 ZAR
**Please note that we can provide tax exemptions for US citizens.

Volunteering & Internship

Through the years, many volunteers and interns contributed their time, knowledge and services on a regular basis to Monkeybiz. If you would like to use your time to work with Monkeybiz, please visit our website at www.monkeybiz.co.za and download the application form in either MsWord, PDF or HTML format and mail it, together with supporting documentation to monkeybiz@monkeybiz.co.za

Purchase Products

Every sale at Monkeybiz assists an artist so you can help by buying Monkeybiz products! We are a non-profit organisation and all proceeds of the sales from our bead art go back to the bead art community. You can buy products online or place your order via email/telephonically or buy products at one of the stores listed in the retail store locator on our website www.monkeybiz.co.za  Visit the dedicated Monkeybiz retail outlet at 43 Rose Street situated in the historic Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town, South Africa.

The Current Team

Mathapelo Ngaka-Mtati - Co-founder and Community Director: mathapelo@monkeybiz.co.za
Kate Carlyle - General Manager: kate@monkeybiz.co.za
Gemma Orkin - Creative Director: gemmaorkin@vodamail.co.za
Joan Krupp - Customer Relations Manager: monkeybiz@monkeybiz.co.za
Bev Schenck - Financial Controller: Bev@monkeybiz.co.za
Sakhumzi Makaula - Retail Manager: Sakhumzi@monkeybiz.co.za



Monkey Biz

The Monkeybiz Story

Monkeybiz is a non-profit income-generating bead project founded in January 2000 by ceramic artists Barbara Jackson, Shirley Fintz and Mathapelo Ngaka-Mtati. Monkeybiz focuses on women's economic development and has established a vibrant community of more than 450 bead artists, many of whom are the sole breadwinners within their households.
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