Today is an exciting one for Abongile, she is graduating from Robin Trust with a caring course. This is a step in the right direction to Abongile’s vision of becoming a nurse.  Since 2010, Abongile has been a Relate bracelet-maker.

“When I was in Primary school, I looked after my sick grandmother. Seeing how I was able to make a difference in her life, made me realise that I can help others too. This was when I decided that I wanted to be a nurse. The first level of the home caring course was hard, but it taught me a lot. Home caring is not only about nursing, but about bringing hope to people,” says Abongile, who has two years left before reaching her goal of becoming a nursing sister.

Founder of Relate, Lauren Gillis sees the purpose of Relate “making a tangible difference in people’s lives” becoming a reality on days like today.

As you know, the Relate model is unique; it not only supports local enterprise development initiatives and provides earnings and skills training opportunities for local bracelet-makers such as Abongile, but also sees a third of proceeds donated to a specific cause.

The Relate ethic and model of social enterprise, accountability and transparency is distinctive.  Not all cause bracelets operate the same way. So if you want to be sure you are not only supporting a cause, but also helping to uplift communities and individuals like Abongile, look out for the signature R bead on all Relate bracelets, which is our mark or authenticity and represents our commitment to transparency and authenticity.  Quite simply, if it doesn’t have an R bead, it’s not a Relate bracelet.