‘The Little Traveller’ turns 15

2017-05-23 06:00
Some of The Little Travellers. Photo: SuppliEd

Some of The Little Travellers. Photo: SuppliEd

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FIFTEEN years ago, The Little Traveller initiative was orchestrated by a group of people from Woza Moya at the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, who wanted to do something to ease the burden of HIV/Aids in their community.

These people had the foresight to see that economic empowerment is the single most important factor in fighting the epidemic because it gave people who were affected and infected by HIV/Aids the option of looking to the future and in doing so, taking ownership of their disease and having something to live for.

The Little Travellers where born from this need, these beaded pin dolls made by women affected by HIV/Aids have now travelled to every corner of the world, and have inspired a fashion­ line, starred in a movie and collaborated with international fashion designer Issey Miyuke.

Woza Moya now sells an average of 400 000 little Travellers per annum and has more than 70 designs - Rasta, Sangoma, Afrogirl, Ballerina, Superman, Batman and Rugby player.

The biggest achievement in the past 15 years and what the Hillcrest Aids Centre is most proud of is that it has economically empowered over 100 women who at
one point did not see a future
and 15 years later they are thriving and making plans for the next 15 years.

It is therefore important for the community to celebrate this 15-year milestone, as the centre will be looking back at how the lives of it’s beaders have changed in the past 15 years, with a photo exhibition.

The centre also thanks those who have travelled this journey.

The celebration will be held on May 20 at the Woza Embocraft Shop at 237 Old Main Road Botha’s Hill at 11am.

For more information, contact 031 765 5866. - Supplied.

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