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 Project 19 - A work in progress



Project 19 is the result of a seed planted long ago that needed nurturing, development and the right time. Covid-19 has highlighted the urgent need for poverty relief through strategic partnerships in a dignified, sustainable and empowering way.  

Project 19 as a concept addresses key issues within the Clothing Industry that will positively impact local marginalised women through -

  1. POVERTY RELIEF - Unemployment figures are very high and job opportunities virtually non-existent.

  2. GROWTH OF LOCAL MANUFACTURING - Most rural people can only afford, and often only have access to poor quality imported goods or second-hand clothing. (And when illegally imported, damages our own industry and economy)

  3. WASTE MANAGEMENT - Clothing manufacturers often donate textiles to organisation but the donated goods are often not fit for purpose for the group it is donated to, or there is no funding for the training, development and market access needed to successfully repurpose the donation.


Project 19 is derived from the year 2019 – when most of the project research was done and the Lockdown period for Covid-19, during which time we officially started putting the concept out to Stakeholders.

Project 19 - Overview

The following table gives a high-level overview of the main activities that are involved in the project - 


  • To empower, uplift and build self-sustainable, profitable manufacturing businesses for Women in marginalised communities.



  • Funding is needed for the two-year Training and Development Program

  • Donation of Textiles and trims.



  • Business, Technical Skills and Human Development, supported by Mentoring.



  • Income generation through the mass production of clothing made from donated textiles and trims.

  • Responsible repurposing of waste in Clothing Manufacturing.



  • Women that has been empowered to manage sustainable, profit making businesses without any external support.



  • Monthly reporting on growth of individual in terms of Skill, Business and Human Development through Green Light Surveys and tracking of income.


  • Improvement of the lives of women, impacting on their children (Breaking the cycle of poverty).



  • Second-hand Clothing Market, Cheaper Imports, Maintenance of machinery and equipment and scaling.

Should you wish to be involved in this project, please email the Knoop Team


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