Creating Change with The Clothing Bank

The Clothing Bank is helping unemployed mothers to transform their lives through learning how to trade and run their own small businesses. When you shop with Maven, not only are you shopping sustainably, but you’re also empowering social upliftment.

For every item you buy on Maven, we donate an item to The Clothing Bank.


To date, thanks to our generous & sustainably minded Mavenites, we have donated over 6000 quality items the network of entrepreneurial women at The Clothing Bank.

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South Africa faces some major obstacles on its journey towards addressing the injustices of the past and to ensure that everyone participates in the economy.

We cannot wait for the education system to be fixed before we act, and that is why we established The Clothing Bank. Our three projects, The Clothing Bank, The Appliance Bank and GROW with Educare, provide unemployed South Africans with an alternative to formal employment by empowering them to become self-employed business people.


Fast fashion retailers produce millions of tons of waste each year. This is merchandise that has been returned by customers or hasn’t sold in a season. They haven’t got the resources or systems to process this waste efficiently.

Millions of children are being raised in single-parent households. Mothers rely on the meagre state grant for survival. Most mothers haven’t completed school and struggle to find work that pays a living income.


The Clothing Bank believes that with the right support structure, everyone can create their own wealth by becoming self employed. Our two-year programme trains unemployed mothers (exclusively) to become informal clothing retailers.
We carefully select self-motivated individuals and enrol them in our 2-year training programme. They receive over 1000 hours of training and support and start running a business within 2 weeks of joining the programme. They buy discounted merchandise (retailer's "waste") and sell it with the objective of earning at least R4000 per month. They use this income to eradicate poverty in their lives.