Tracey is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience in the corporate and social sector. Before starting The Clothing Bank she worked for a large listed retailer as the Head of Financial Planning and Performance Management. In 2010, she founded The Clothing Bank, a non-profit organization which inspires, skills and supports unemployed South Africans to eradicate poverty in their families. They achieve this through three key projects; The Clothing Bank project partners with most of South Africa’s major retailers who donate their excess merchandise and this is used as the tool to empower unemployed mothers to start retail trading businesses. The Appliance Bank utilizes returned appliances from retailers to enable unemployed men to start businesses which repair and sell home appliances. The GROW with Educare Centres (ECD)project is pioneering a new social franchise model for quality early childhood education in South Africa. The projects currently support over 1000 business owners who made in excess of R44million ($3m) in profits in the last twelve months and 30 GROW schools which educate over 1100 children.
The Clothing Bank has won many prestigious awards which include: