Julia Bhakaza

Julia Bhakaza

Age 55

I am a widow and live on my own, and I have 3 children, they all stay by themselves as they are grownup and I have 6 grandchildren. 

How long have you been beading with Monkeybiz? 2012

Did you bead before or did you learn from Monkeybiz and from whom? I learnt how to bead with Maketiso from Monkeybiz

Do you remember your ancestors doing beadwork? I do remember when my mother was telling me that they used to do beadwork and showed us her work, but she told us she was tired now to carry on doing the beading

What has Monkeybiz meant to you? I was very happy because I never go to sleep hungry, because I don’t get a pension grant. I live on my own and I was struggling before I joined Monkeybiz and I feel very happy to be chosen to be part of special projects because I have learnt a lot and financially it has been good for me.

Do you bead full time or part time? Full time

Do you feel like artists? Yes the things that I produce with my hands I didn’t think I can do, but today to be part of Monkeybiz I can able to do, and I learnt it from MBZ. MBZ is always there..if you ask to be trained you can go and they will help with a job. I wish my children can also do beadwork because its hard to get other jobs

What is your favourite animal? bunny