Rags2Riches is a social enterprise initiated in 2008. In 2011 SHAWCO opened its first clothing retail outlet in Main Road, Mowbray. This initiative came about in order to generate an income to contribute towards SHAWCO’s sustainability. In 2013 a community outlet was opened in Kensington in SHAWCO's oldest community centre.
Rags2Riches recycles quality used clothing and sells the clothing at affordable prices. SHAWCO places containers in student residences, faculty buildings and offices at the University of Cape Town. Students and staff fill the containers with any clothing they no longer need. Containers are also placed at various Corporate offices and local schools. SHAWCO collects the donated items from the containers on set dates.
These clothing items are then sold from our Rags2Riches shops and in wholesale to ladies from developing communities, who in return re-sell these items in their communities for their own income generation.
The income generated is used to sustain SHAWCO’s Education Projects.
If you would like to donate your used clothing please contact Edith van der Rheede or alternatively make use of our collection bins
Pick 'n Pay, St Peters Square, Observatory
Howard Centre, Pinelands
Dell Computers (Regus), Mowbray
Dell Computers (Regus), CTICC, Cape Town
Herschel School, Claremont
Medical Residence, Medical Campus
Rochester House, Salt River
Kopano Residence, Middle Campus
Graca Machel Hall, Middle Campus - don't have a bin, but they store clothing in a spare room
Leo Macquard Hall, Middle Campus
Tugwell, Middle Campus
Woolsack, Middle Campus
Kramar Building, Middle Campus
IAPO, Middle Campus
Bremner Building, Middle Campus
Fuller, Upper Campus
SHAWCO Student Office, Upper Campus
Stanford University, Observatory
UCT ICTS, Mowbray
Forest Hill - don't have a bin, but they store clothing in a garage
Liesbeek Gardens - don't have a bin, but they store clothing in a garage
93 Main Road
Tel: 021 650 5431
155 12th Avenue
Tel: 021 593 2170