"Working together to uplift the community through sustainable employment"
The Beadle workshop and shop is based on Klipfontein KR53 (S24 09.157 E28 17.755) We are 4 km along the Sterkstroom road, off the Melkriver Road, 24km outside of Vaalwater, Limpopo, South Africa.
For map and full driving directions from Oliver Tambo International Airport, Click here.
Our shop is open:
Mon - Fri 7.30-17.00
Based in the heart of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, South Africa, Beadle manufactures hand crafted leather accessories. The crafters of Beadle make beautiful leather and beaded products at the strawbale workshop on the farm. Here, you can watch how an exquisite pair of beaded sandals or a braided gun case is made from raw materials. Our emphasis is on quality; therefore we use carefully selected leathers, both South African and imported, and the best rocaille seed beads imported from the Czech Republic.
Established in 1998, Beadle is a community upliftment project that currently employs eighteen individuals from the rural farm community. Skills training in leather craft, bead work and embroidery is given in house to an extremely high standard. Many of the staff have now worked with Beadle for nearly 10 years and have become excellent skilled craftsmen and women. Most of the team are under 30 years of age and two thirds of the staff are women. Their jobs here at Beadle are flexible, so that if a young mother needs to attend to her children for example, they can. We strive to keep the workshop busy with orders, so there is a constant stream of employment for all the staff. We sell to both the National and International markets. There is a degree of pride in our products by the staff, which is lovely to see and they enjoy working together.
The project was started and is run by Dr. Tanya Dee Baber. She is workshop director and designer and has a passion for beads and creativity. Her vision is to help this rural community improve their livelihoods through sustainable employment. She is also co-founder of the Waterberg Welfare Society (www.waterberwelfaresociety.org.za), an NPO, based in Vaalwater, that provides a holistic response to the pandemic HIV/AIDS in the Waterberg. Tanya also recently started the Institute of Rhino Cryogenetics, a south african NPO, which focuses on a scientific approach to addressing the holocaust of rhino poaching. It aims to cryogenically preserve eggs, sperm and skin cells from live rhino and poached carcasses where possible in order to save the genetic diversity of our rhino. In the future we will use gametes from this frozen pool for assisted reproduction tecniques, which will ensure that the genetic diversity of rhino is preserved.
Tanya on a photo shoot for Beadle and the charity Faces of Hope at the Ranch Resort in Polokwane, Limpopo
“We have been so blessed over the years and continue to be. It makes all the difference knowing that our products are appreciated. Thank you for your interest in and support for BEADLE. ” Tanya