"Beautiful things made by beautiful people."

Our Community

Pure Touch enables women to support their families in a sustainable and life-giving way. We journey and partner with women of the Ocean View community, Cape Town.

Ocean View is located approximately 45 minutes outside Cape Town, close to the little village of Kommetjie on the hillside with a beautiful view of the ocean. It was formed in the late 1960’s during the Apartheid regime, when all coloured people were forcefully removed from their homes in the ‘white communities’ of Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek and Noordhoek to live in this settlement. Today some 40’000 people live in Ocean View, many of whom face the challenges of unemployment, widespread drug and alcohol abuse, gang related crime and violence as well as prostitution.

Hi, I’m Jacky. I love being a part of this team. I grew up mostly in Ocean View and have 3 children ranging from ages 14-35.

We moved around a lot when I was young, but when I was around 10 years old I stayed with an old auntie that made sure I learned how to knit and crochet. And that developed into a passion and now I find peace when I sit with my knitting and crocheting.

I love to share my products with friends and family and I enjoy when people ask me to knit them something special.

Pure Touch is in the beginning of something big and I believe it has to do with the pureness of it all. I believe God has a big plan for Pure Touch – He has a plan to bring many together and share fellowship with Him and each other.”

Hi, my name is Sylvia. I have lived my whole life in Ocean View. I’m married and have two grown-up sons.

I love people. I love to meet new people, get to know them and care for them. I grew up with a caring mom that always had time for others and I can see that has been passed down to me. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy being part of pure touch.

Life has not always been easy, but I am so thankful to God for His faithfulness and I want to share His goodness and encouragement with others. And I see being a part of pure touch is doing me good as well!

Hi, my name is Hazel. I have lived my whole life in Ocean View. I have 3 grown sons and 3 grandkids.

Although knitting is in my blood, sewing is my passion. I started learning to sew as a 15-year old, when I got a job at a factory. Since then, I have grown in my skills. I haven’t had the easiest life, but God has seen me through and I am so grateful He led me to pure touch. As long as I have my pure touch family, I don’t worry about anything.

Now I enjoy sitting on the balcony and watching life go by as I knit my things. I feel honoured to be a part of pure touch!

Hi, my name is Levona. I grew up in Ocean View and I have 4 kids aged 11-21. I love my community and would like to give something back. One way for me to do this is to be creative and to encourage others to dare to step out in creativity.

Knitting was the normal thing to do in my family when growing up. My moma and sister taught me how to knit and crochet. I enjoy doing something useful and needed with my hands; whether that’s knitting, sewing or baking.”

Hi, my name is Ruth. I am a widow with 4 kids and 6 grandkids, and they all live in my house in Ocean View. 

When I was young my passion was ballroom dancing and I even was in competitions. I still love dancing! After that I worked with many different things although I am a learned stone mason. I guess you could call me a Jack of all trades. My mother was a very caring person and I got a heart for people through that. 

My passion is to be a good friend and take care of people who are down and out. I like Pure Touch because of the ladies in the team- for the understanding we share. And also of course to have an income to support myself.

My dream is to one day live at a farm with nature and animals around me, where there’s peace and freedom.

Hi, my name is Zainu. I am a widow for 4 years now. I live in Ocean View with my 3 kids and my mom.

The years after my husband passed have been difficult – he was a good man and we had a good life together. I used to work at Woolworths for many years. Knitting has always been part of our family, and although I enjoy knitting, baking and cooking, people are my passion. I want to see them having a good life.

What I like about Pure Touch is the connection in our sisterhood and… I am rediscovering my lost touch.”

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