Theodora Mthekeli

Age 50

I am a widow, my husband passed away 1997, I have 5 children, 1983 son, 1985 son, 1993 daughter, 1995 daughter, 1998 daughter. I live with my 3 daughters and 2 grand children.

How long have you been beading with Monkeybiz? Since 2006

Did you bead before or did you learn from Monkeybiz and from whom? No learnt from Edith. Before I registered I worked for Edith and she gave me money that she thinks I deserved for helping her.

Do you remember your ancestors doing beadwork? No they didn’t do beadwork

What has Monkeybiz meant to you? It means a lot because Monkeybix takes me and lifts me high. I’m feel proud of doing something with my hands that I can take care of myself and my family. I have taught other people because it is important so that we can share and I pass the skill to those who are willing to do beadwork, my sister, my children and my son-in-law.

Do you bead full time or part time? Full time

Have you been to the workshops? Yes, I learnt more knowledge on beadwork and patterns

Do you feel like artists? Yes, I am an artist indeed. Because if someone give something to bead I am able to do it, today I manage to take my children to school, bought them clothing and food. I was suffering but Monkeybiz make an impact on my life and made my life lighter, the difficulties I used to have in my life are too much better

What is your favourite animal? Poodle

Theodora Mthekeli posing with her beaded poodle

Theodora Mthekeli

Age 50

Theodora Mthekeli posing with her beaded poodle

I am a widow, my husband passed away 1997, I have 5 children, 1983 son, 1985 son, 1993 daughter, 1995 daughter, 1998 daughter. I live with my 3 daughters and 2 grand children.

How long have you been beading with Monkeybiz? Since 2006

Did you bead before or did you learn from Monkeybiz and from whom? No learnt from Edith. Before I registered I worked for Edith and she gave me money that she thinks I deserved for helping her.

Do you remember your ancestors doing beadwork? No they didn’t do beadwork

What has Monkeybiz meant to you? It means a lot because Monkeybiz takes me and lifts me high. I’m feel proud of doing something with my hands that I can take care of myself and my family. I have taught other people because it is important so that we can share and I pass the skill to those who are willing to do beadwork, my sister, my children and my son-in-law.

Do you bead full time or part time? Full time

Have you been to the workshops? Yes, I learnt more knowledge on beadwork and patterns

Do you feel like artists? Yes, I am an artist indeed. Because if someone give something to bead I am able to do it, today I manage to take my children to school, bought them clothing and food. I was suffering but Monkeybiz make an impact on my life and made my life lighter, the difficulties I used to have in my life are too much better

What is your favourite animal? Poodle

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