This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Tracey Chambers motivates why entrepreneurship is not the panacea for the unemployment crisis in South Africa, and proposes a new methodology for creating and sustaining livelihoods for disenfranchised mothers. Tracey is a Wynberg Girls High School Alumni; a B Comm CA/SA University of Cape Town; a Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ experience. Before starting The Clothing Bank, she spent 9 Years with Woolworths in various positions and was Head of Finance for the last 5 years. She left the corporate world in 2009 to pursue her passion for teaching and empowering women. The Clothing Bank was founded in 2010; its mission: to inspire, skill and support unemployed mothers to eradicate poverty in their lives. It is now considered one of the best practice examples of sustainable Enterprise Development in SA. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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