In their efforts to give back to the community, a former Mitchell’s Plain resident and her organisation, Embrace Your Curves, are giving away bursaries to five women from the area.
Candice Manuel, 32, who used to live in Portland and now lives in Panorama, knows what it’s like to not have studied immediately after finishing school.
When she matriculated from Mondale High School, she worked and did modelling and then started a children’s party business when she was 25.
Both of her parents were unemployed when she finished school, she said and she could only study further once she started working.
She did a paid learnership while she was working, and studied financial administration and at 29, she studied Human Resources at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
She is currently a model, and owner of Embrace Your Curves, which won a 2018/2019 small business of the year award.
Women up to the age of 40 will be eligible for the bursaries the organisation is offering.
“In our communities, we see so many teenage mothers who never furthered their education because they were stay-at-home mothers,” she said.
The bursaries will cover NQF4 to NQF 6 levels, including course fees, text books and travel.
To apply, you need to like and share the post on social media, like their page Embrace Your Curves, email your motivation along with a copy of your matric certificate and identity document to firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates must have passed matric, be between the ages of 18 to 40, must be unemployed and live within Mitchell’s Plain.
Applications close on Tuesday February 11. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via email.
“Our aim is to grant under privileged women the opportunity to empower themselves and do this with all expenses paid,” said Candice.