Mandisa Mvinjana

Beauty Mgudzi

Age 22

I have both parents, my sister and my younger brother we all do beadwork.

How long have you been beading with Monkeybiz? 2005

Did you bead before or did you learn from Monkeybiz and from whom? No I learnt from Monkeybiz, my mum taught me how to bead as she was already registered with MBZ.

Do you remember your ancestors doing beadwork? No

What has Monkeybiz meant to you? It means a lot I manage to do things myself with the money I get from Monkeybiz, so many things, I am able to buy clothing that I want, I help at home to buy food, when I was doing my matric I paid for myself even while I was in high school.

Do you bead full time or part time? Full time

Have you been to the workshops? Yes it was exciting because today I am able to make a 3D face and not flat as we normally do for Monkeybiz with stuffing. We learnt how to have a friendship with our teacher from another country and see how they live as we are from a different country.

Do you feel like artists? Yes I can do anything with beads, I help out at the market days and share my skills with one who want to learn.

What is your favourite animal? Lion