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These gorgeous art pieces!!

I just love the monkey biz quirky and cool animals and dolls. This social responsibility initiative... read more

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Doing good--while doing well--check out this wonderful shop

Our guide tooks us to this shop run by a nonprofit, which empowers local women by teaching them... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2018
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Monkeybiz is an economic upliftment project dedicated to reviving the traditional craft of African Bead-work and empowering women to become financially independent. Since 2000 Monkeybiz has been helping its 320 bead artists to become breadwinners...more
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61 Wale Street | Bo-Kaap, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 426 0145
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I just love the monkey biz quirky and cool animals and dolls. This social responsibility initiative is both collectible and admirable. I love the empowerment angle too. great for gifts

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank rowol22
Reviewed 10 March 2018

Our guide tooks us to this shop run by a nonprofit, which empowers local women by teaching them beadwork skills and providing them with the materials to earn a decent living. They are encouraged to use their creativity in designs of the beaded animals they...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Susan18
Kathleen M, Marketing and Sales at Monkeybiz, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Dear Susan It is always so super to hear that our visitors have had a positive experience and that our hard work is appreciated and valued. Should you be interested, you are welcome to have a look at our on-line shop through our website, which...More

Reviewed 4 March 2018

I read about this boutique in the Lonely Planet, and it was worth the visit. All the products are handmade by local women and the money from the sales goes back to them. As an artist/maker myself, I loved this place! The manager spoke to...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank PriyaRA
Kathleen M, Sales and Marketing at Monkeybiz, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Dear Priya Thank you so much for your positive review. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and thank you for supporting our empowerment initiative. If you are ever back in the colorful Bo-Kaap, please pop in as we'd love to meet up with...More

Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by the original pattern designs and use of colors in the beaded ornaments. This is an amazing initiative to create jobs to the beaders. The beaded ornaments are just as bright and colorful as the street where it is situated -...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank dirmug
Kathleen M, Marketing and Customer services at Monkeybiz, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Hi Dirmu Thank you for visiting our colourful initiative and for taking the time to write this review. It is an incredible project and far reaching, given the 300 to 400 beaders/ artists on our register. All of us at Monkeybiz would like to wish...More

Reviewed 4 October 2017

This was one of my favorite shopping experiences in South Africa. If you are a tourist like me, seeing these imaginative and colorful beaded items will make you regret having bought all the other crappy stuff taking up space in your luggage. Shop here first!More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank codycallie
Kathleen M, Marketing and Customer relations at Monkeybiz, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Dear visitor Wow, thank you so much for the wonderful comment. Yes, we are creative, colourful and all about empowering ... it is such a great cause! We are thrilled that you had a fabulous shopping experience and would love for you to keep in...More

Reviewed 23 June 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the warm welcome we received as we entered the colorful world of Monkeybiz. The staff are eager to show you around and bring you into their beading community. The history and mission behind this organization is inspiring and really helps you understand why...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Management response:Responded 26 June 2017

Thank you Jamie, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to our studio and show room and look forward to seeing you again whenever you are back in Cape Town!

Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

The business model is simple: provide women without opportunities with beads, and allow them to come up with their own artistic creations that are sold at the store. The prices are much more than you'd find in the cheap tourist souvenir market, but your guaranteed...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank loveDCA
Management response:Responded 3 January 2017

Dear loveDCA Thank you for visiting our studio and liking our story of the thread and bead work we create. We do have a very high standard of quality control on each piece and pride ourselves in affording our beaders ownership of the creations they...More

Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Monkeybiz is efficiently run and supports women who are very artistic but would never be able to showcase their art or afford to work as the gifted bead makers they are. It helps them to become financially independent and let's them work from home of...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Vicki A
Management response:Responded 12 October 2016

Hi Vicki Thank you for your wonderful review. Please pop in for a coffee when you are in our area again, it is always wonderful to catch up with our supporters.

Reviewed 4 October 2016

I took my tour group in for a visit, as I had heard that Monkeybiz is the real deal as far as developing and educating local cretive talent and reviving traditional beadwork. I wasn't disappointed and neither were my clients. There was an awesome, colourful...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank BMW1200adv
Management response:Responded 5 October 2016

Thanks Rob. It was wonderful having you and your group with us, you are most welcome anytime!

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