Close-knit relationship with birthplace


Enterprising Frans Buys has found a way to help South Africans generate an income.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d451482
Enterprising Frans Buys has found a way to help South Africans generate an income. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d451482

The Swanbourne resident last year came up with the idea to use arts and crafts to help some women earn money.

Frans raised $1000 through his church to buy wool and hooks and took them with him on his family trip back to South Africa in November.

“I was born there and we go back every year, so I know the community pretty well,” he said.

“My mum crochets flowers and I thought I could use that as a way to help some disadvantaged women and generate some income for them.”

Frans used part of the money he raised to pay the women for each flower they created.

He said six women were involved, and he hoped to go back later this year and help more women.

Frans will sell the crochet flowers at the Bright Spark Market at Christ Church Grammar School refectory on Sunday, April 3 and put the money back into the project.