Seeds of Affinity supports and empowers women both during and upon their release from prison. Women meet twice a week to make skin care products and gourmet treats; share their stories and a meal together. The Seeds women have achieved a great deal since they first met in 2006. Some attend university; they are sought after for their public speaking and they have their own radio program. They provide toiletries for women in prison and advocate for a more humane environment for children.
Most importantly, the Seeds women feel a sense of belonging, solidarity and self worth during the difficult transition from leaving prison and re-entering the community.
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I was pleased to have the opportunity to support an initiative which represented the work of women who are very much in need of gainful employment and the support which is derived from the group setting. I am aware from my own work of the benefits that the program has produced in the lives of women who have participated. - Greg Mead, Senior Counsel, Legal Services Commission of SA