Phumudzo Muthanyi and Mbali Mokgosi are the founders of MicGalaw, an eco-fashion startup based in Orange Farm, South Africa. After collecting over 30,000 pieces of polythene plastics littering their region and repurposing them into stylish bags, furniture and home décor sold across Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, the entrepreneurs are carving space for themselves as leaders in the local sustainable fashion movement.
"Our big break really came when we won a pitching competition worth prize money of R12,500 in 2018 during Global Entrepreneurship Week,” said Muthanyi in a recent interview with East Coast FM. “We were able to purchase our first heavy-duty Industrial Sewing Machine, equipment, and materials. We decided to enroll for a short course of Fashion & Design offered at Rhiza Babuyile in 2019, which helped us acquire basic skills of sewing and pattern making."
According to interviews with East Coast FM and Santam’s Women of the Future, for which Muthanyi was nominated as a Rising Star, the co-founders are now working to grow their startup by hiring artisans to expand their product line. They are also paving the way for other environmental entrepreneurs by hosting an Annual Educational Eco Exhibition and the Makasing Eco Entrepreneurs initiative. Both are opportunities to educate, raise awareness and give a platform to young green entrepreneurs who want to promote and sell products.
Listen to Muthanyi’s interview with East Coast FM here.