iGugu Sustainable Freedom Project



iGugu Sustainable Freedom Project exists to provide survivors of Human Trafficking and community members with skills development (sewing and small business development skills).

The project assists with poverty alleviation in providing a means of income and the ability to reintegrate back into society with their dignity restored and as fully contributing members of society.

The iGugu Project takes place at the MeCAHT Reintegration Center in Cape Town, South Africa and every product stands for another step toward sustainable freedom.


The programme will allow for training from 3 – 6 weeks. Thereafter, should the candidate decide to stay on, they will have the option to stay on for a year. They must complete the entire programme (we also have the option to end the programme if the candidate does not meet the agreed-upon terms or breaks the terms of their contract). After they have completed the programme, they have the choice to either purchase their own machine from us at a really reduced rate to start their own small sustainable freedom business or they can continue to work full time with us.

Training will be provided as follows: After a two-week probation period, the 3-6-week training will take place. The Training will be offered our Sewing Trainer/Production Manager. During the time of training, after the 6 weeks, they will continue to work a full week should they wish to continue as full time.

During the full-time work, the participants have the opportunity to participate in training on business skills, IT-skills as well as Entrepreneurship to get equipped for starting an own Sustainable Freedom Business.

Skills Development Training
• Sewing skills including design and pattern making
• Business skills and entrepreneurship training
• IT-skills
• Opportunity to join certified training at TVET-College for free when there is availability for extra students. (Students must have an Identity document and highest grade passed must be at least grade 10)

Drug-free Programme
Our programme is a drug-free programme. The participants agree to random
drug and alcohol testing, which is completed on a fair and consistent basis.
All alcohol and drug-related offenses are considered a violation of the
agreement and may result in termination.

We provide coffee/tea and lunch for the participants. Each day there is one 15 minute Tea break and 45min Lunch-Break.

Sustainable Freedom Business
The participants have the opportunity to purchase their own machine from us at a really reduced rate to start their own small sustainable freedom business. The machine will be sold for R1400.00 to the participant.


How can I support THE iGugu PROJECT?

1. Funding a survivor for monthly transport & meals = R750

2. Donating material/waste material/cotton/machines etc


Our banking details are as follows:

  • Account Holder:  Media Campaign Against Human Trafficking 
  • Bank: FNB
  • Account Number: 62676469234
  • Branch Code: 250 655
  • Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
  • Reference: iGugu

Please email proof of deposit to: 

For more information, email Patricia Winer at or call 021-5341207 or

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