Student beats depression to empower Youth with Sewing Skills

Mrs Phetsile Gamede
Mrs Phetsile Gamede

UKZN Student Mrs Phetsile Gamede battled depression brought on by unemployment. Although armed with a degree, she could not find a job. ‘There is nothing worse than staying at home and doing nothing except watching your friends and peers sharing pictures of themselves at work,’ she said.

Whilst preparing for her wedding ceremony, she found a Tailor who not only made her wedding gown but also taught Gamede how to design and sew outfits. She took sewing classes while preparing for her wedding and with support from her husband Sanele she managed to start her own clothing company EPS Clothing and Brands Pty Ltd.

The newly founded company based in Umbilo, Durban makes uniforms for Nurses and Doctors amongst other outfits. ‘I have managed to hire people who are now able to put food on the table for their families’, she added.

In growing her business, Gamede decided to give back to her community by teaching the youth sewing skills so that they too can start their own businesses. ‘It is important to find an alternative as a graduate and let any opportunity find you along the way. Consider approaching government departments that support small businesses,’ advised Gamede.

Follow or contact EPS Clothing and Brands though their Facebook Page.