Monkeybiz is a nonprofit income-generating bead project. Through creating sustainable employment, Monkeybiz focuses on women’s economic empowerment and health development in the most economically deprived areas of South Africa.
The project, which now employs more than 450 bead artists, has transformed the beaded arts market in South Africa. Departing from the mass-produced curio craft, each Monkeybiz artwork is unique and is signed by the artist, ensuring that individual artists receive recognition for their work.
All of the profits from the sales of artworks are reinvested back into community services, including an HIV wellness clinic, weekly soup kitchens, yoga, drama and choir groups, as well as a burial fund for artists and their families.
Monkeybiz artwork is sold worldwide in a variety of upscale galleries and well-known shops, including ABC Carpet & Home in New York, Selfridges of London, DiceXDice of Fukuoka, Japan; as well as on Ethical Gifts
Monkey Biz is inspirational and we could really learn something from this beautiful company that uses their art to make a difference.