Solutions Through Creative Collaborations
make-good is a non-profit company built around identifying societal needs and through the skills, support and know-how of artisans and makers, we use design thinking to develop and create innovative solutions to make people’s lives better whilst simultaneously supporting small South African businesses in the creative sector.
Creative Collaborations for Social Innovation.
We are in the process of applying for NPO number and PBO status.
how we started to make-good
As the first COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa began, Carlo Gibson, a South African designer & fashion innovator, began making facemasks; which we now know are an essential personal protection item in our arsenal against the virus. He made some for purchase and for the rest, he travelled across South Africa handing them out (look at the mask up campaign below).
Through this initiative, Carlo collaborated with Doctors at the Infectious Disease ward at one of South Africa's Government Hospitals, and befriended some of the nurses and embarked on an initiative to redesign scrubs to protect the nurses working on these wards; making a few changes to the traditional scrubs, offering them a more African aesthetic, and from a practical point of view, accommodating nurse-specific requirements. His inspiration was to create an outfit that didn’t look and feel like an overall, but instead, made the nurses feel dignified and comfortable.
Through a simple crowdsourcing initiative, Carlo was able to raise enough money to make over 200 scrubs - cool, fashionable, Afrocentric and tailored to the nurses’ needs – simultaneously keeping his CMT (cut, make, trim) factory actively producing, as essential workers, enabling the 15 strong CMT workers to stay employed.
This initiative started to ignite more ideas and in February 2021,
Carlo and Toni met up and make-good became a reality:
Acknowledging the great needs that face our society, combined with the exceptional skills and capabilities of innovative and creative South African artisans and makers, and the factories they run and jobs they provide – and to be able to match the two, by raising funds to help us conceptualise and find the best way to produce items that can contribute to changing and bettering lives.
current projects and collaborations
helping the community
With this initiative, we have developed a unique item of bedding that doubles as a lightweight jacket; A Homeless Home. See below for more information and how to donate to the creation and distribution of these bedding-jackets to make the nights of those who sleep rough, just a little easier.
Watch the video of how we started to develop and roll out this initiative.
From as little as R389.00 per item we can help provide this practical “home” for the homeless, manufactured by South Africans for those that call our streets and parks their homes.
We are also looking for sponsorship to be able to provide additional items for personal and first aid care with the garment (contact us at email@example.com if you are able to assist with these contributions).
This project has been designed and researched in collaboration with Klipa Denim and the University of Johannesburg Fine Arts Honours students.
protect the nurses
one scrub at a time
To show healthcare workers how much we appreciate and value them; especially as they tackle the front-lines - of not just the COVID-19 pandemic, but in so many healthcare emergencies - We are continuing our Protect The Nurses COVID-19 ICU Scrubs Campaign.
From as little as R350.00 per set an Afrocentric and practical set of scrubs, manufactured by South Africans for South Africans can be sponsored.
Please donate or contact us to contribute to help to raise funds to provide nurses with scrubs.
please indicate in your payment reference which initiative you are donating to with (H) for Homeless or (N) for Nurses
or donate directly
Make Good Collab SA
Standard Bank Rosebank
Account number - 10146487573
Branch Code - 000205
SWIFT Code - SBZA ZA JJ
donate via snapscan
Using this QR code you can donate directly to make-good to help fund any of our ongoing initiatives or to help contribute in the early stages of new product development.