I’m on a mission to encourage a little extra depth this festive season in the approach to gifting and spending:
I urge folks to hesitate before they click and order from Take a lot, Amazon and so forth and consider a few things. What is the total cost…not the price but the negative economic externalities like the delivery, packaging (Yoh, all that PLASTIC!), impact on balance of payments for imports, carbon and water footprints and so forth.
Then consider the positive economic externalities of supporting a small local supplier and the exponential nature of the added value and wealth creation in the system, immediate direct benefits and long term gains. Consider that you will not be paying more than half your expenditure on marketing and packaging and that the profits don’t land up contributing to another luxury car for the CEO. And so on.
Then take a little time to enjoy an outing to any one of the stunning small trader market venues, get away from the screen and enjoy the vibes. Make a personal purchase from the person who made the item. Your payment is paying for food on the table, school fees, new materials, wages and so much more.
As you know my personal project is the young entrepreneurs www.pocketmoneymarket.com and every sale has the capacity to change a life.
Last week one of our traders, Khaya of Khaya’s Emporium (14 years old) attained his saving goal for his new competition skate board and rushed immediately to Billabong in the V&A to buy his dream board. The manager found out how he earned the money selling repurposed record bowls & twiggit candle holders at the PMM and gave him a whopping discount! Massive shout out the them, Khaya is over the moon.
Another trader is currently overseas on her earnings and others are saving for all kinds of goals like college fees and sporting equipment as well as contributing to the household income.
We trade on Sat 16 and Wed 20 Dec at Rondebosch Park Market (We have an area on the on the corner of Sandown and Campground Roads within the main market who are kindly hosting us. We are also at Cape Pint Vineyards in the playground area on Thursday 21 and 28 Dec and every Thursday in January as well as various malls and other events throughout the year.
The kids have made fabulous adverts for an amazing line up of products and activities and these are on the Facebook Page
In order to gain a certificate each child creates and advert, completes a detailed accounting sheet and must adhere to a number of POS requirements. We also have an Entrepreneur of the Day award.
This year we have added a performing arts section and on 20 Dec we will have the PMM buskers entertaining us with an Xmas musical performance too. Kids are from 5 to 16 years old and one fab indirect benefit of this project has been to see how all the diverse kids have bonded and support each other. We have more free workshops coming in Jan too, this is an NPO, there are no mandatory fees and start up assistance is available.
All traders also sign a plastic free pledge and no single use plastics are permitted.
I cannot adequately describe how PROUD I am of these kids. Their products are superb, as are their displays and general work ethic. They leave their space immaculate and are just a delight to work with.
There are awesome gifts for everyone at the R50 mark..with a million Rands of added feel good factor and real place based economic benefit so c’mon down!