Co-operating for success
When Markstan, a garment manufacturing company in Kimberley closed its doors, the staff members decided to form Future Creations Cooperative to keep the business going. Seda saw this as an opportunity to help the 27 members create a sustainable business.
Co-operation was the name of the game. Via partnerships with the Provincial Department of Economic Development (DEDT) and Tourism, Seda helped the cooperative to source grant funding from the National Development Agency and to source machinery through the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality and the dti via their cooperative incentive Scheme programme.
DEDT further supplied funding to enroll the Cooperative in a garment manufacturing programme with the urban FET College in Kimberley and paid the lease agreement on the premises for one year. Seda provided marketing material, implemented a mentorship programme to improve internal control systems and policies and helped with legal advice on corporate governance and rules governing cooperatives. We further assisted with production and quality management, to improve on the Cooperative’s output ability. A website is also being designed to market the business internationally.
All these partnerships have seen Future Creations get on its feet and, most importantly, start receiving orders.