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The open to change movement was conceptualized by industrial design students based in Cape Town. The movement aims to call upon design students in their final year of study/professionals to contribute marketable ideas/products to be produced and marketed by People with Disabilities. The contribution of this movement would in essence aim to influence the social economy in the townships in such a way that it becomes a viable source of income for People with Disabilities. The wallet is made by People with Disabilities working from the Vukuhambe self-help group based in Gugulethu.
Both locally and internationally, the association between lack of education, unemployment, poverty and disability is well-recognised. In South Africa it is estimated that as many as 97% of People with Disabilities are not meaningfully employed. The work of DWDE is all about empowering People with Disabilities. We do this through: Seeking employment opportunities, Enterprises development, and Product design for People with Disabilities.