Lexi Nell, a Grade 7 pupil at a primary school in Bryanston was given a school project to interview a business in the Fourways area. Lexi chose to interview an informal trader, Moses Rombayi .
One of nine children, Moses lost his mother at the tender age of 13 years and this is when he became ill and contracted polio. Unfortunately, he did not receive timeous medical treatment but despite his disability he does not let this divert him from sharing his talent.
Moses lives with his wife Bertha who helps him in his business and his 5 year old daughter Mercy Ciera. Sadly just after Lexi interviewed Moses a few weeks ago, Moses’ 2 year old son, Bradley, drank rat poison at tragically passed away. The Fourways community were amazing in coming to them in the time of need and helped the family to pay for the funeral.
Moses has always had a very positive outlook in life and in 2009 he decided to change his life and to start his career as a tailor. It was during these initial years that he watched fellow seamstresses where he learnt and developed his love for toys. Toys bring a smile to people’s faces and he wants to share this happiness with the world.
He purchased some patterns, but they were very scarce, so he practiced making and perfecting patterns and the stitching thereof. He takes great pride in the quality of his toys. He uses fabric which is donated to him and purchases authentic African inspired fabrics to give true authenticity. All his toys have zips so the stuffing can be taken out for ease of washing. Toys have labels and washing instructions can be added where required.
His first toy was an Elephant followed by a Rhino and these continue to be the most popular toys to date. The range includes Monkey, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile and Lion. Some of the animals have been made into bags with beautiful lining. Moses is so talented that if there is a pattern, he will make your toy to order!
Lexi wanted to help Moses market his products and grow his business. Lex
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