Monkeybiz was founded in 2000 in Cape Town, South Africa by three woman with the sole purpose of empowering women by giving them jobs and the freedom to express themselves through the traditional South African methods of bead art.
One of the main goals of Monkeybiz is to provide a platform for crafters to become artists in their own right. Because each piece is signed, buyers have the opportunity of collecting a specific beaders work, thus affording some artists the “collectable” status with an increase in the payment for each of their pieces. Monkeybiz also works in collaboration with other world famous artists taking their project to new levels of recognition within the art world
All profits from the pieces go back to the artists and are reinvested back into community services, including food vouchers and a burial fund for artists and their families.