Black Betty partners with The Kolisi Foundation in support of GBV survivors

South African jewellery brand Black Betty and The Kolisi Foundation have collaborated this women’s month, aligning the brand’s expertise with the Foundation’s work to support survivors of gender-based violence. The Beading Project has been created specifically for women under the protection of The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children and encourages upskilling, financial support, as well as a therapeutic hobby to aid survivors through their recovery process.

The result of the collaboration is the creation of a range of six exquisitely beaded bracelets made by the women at the centre. The bracelets offer a meaningful message to those who wear them through their names representing unique qualities and energy:  Empowerment, MindfulnessLoveHappinessProtection and Truth bracelets. Each piece is adorned with either sterling silver or gold-plated beads and wreathed with a range of semi-precious beaded stones. Every Rand earned from the sale of the range of bracelets will be paid to The Saartjie Baartman Foundation in support of the important work they do.

“The Beading Project brings the power and creativity of women to the forefront. This partnership has been a true meeting of the minds and explores a concept so close to my heart: creating jewellery through connection and community. It’s been a privilege working with the Foundation and the Saartjie Baartman Centre, and through our joint musings we’ve produced beautiful jewellery that I am so proud of. We feel incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity,” says Kristin Weixelbaumer, Designer and Owner at Black Betty.

In addition to The Beading Project, Black Betty donates 7,5% of monthly online sales to The Kolisi Foundation in support of their various ongoing GBV initiatives.

“Through our partnership with the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children, the Kolisi Foundation empowers and supports brave women and children. Together, we provide grocery and financial support to the centre and essential training workshops for personal growth and community development. The Power2You Centre, now based at Saartjie Baartman presents a step towards economic independence, where women sew bags housing vital resources. We believe in empowering women and children for a prosperous and just society. Our commitment to nurturing brighter tomorrows is guided by compassion and collective action.” Alison Claassen Programme Manager.

The Beading Project bracelets are now available online at as well as in store at Black Betty stores in Hout Street and Sea Point, Cape Town and Parkhurst, Johannesburg.