Hact opens new shop

2015-10-20 06:00
Jess Southey with jewellery made in the centre’s bead-making classes that will be sold at the Woza Moya shop.

KAlisha Naicker

Jess Southey with jewellery made in the centre’s bead-making classes that will be sold at the Woza Moya shop. Photo: KAlisha Naicker

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THE Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust is proud to announce the opening of its new shop at Embocraft Training Centre, a collaboration between Embocraft and Woza Moya- Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust and will be the second Woza Moya shop in Hillcrest.

The shop will support crafters from the Valley of 1000 Hills and other self-help projects from across KZN. The shop, situated on a major tourist route and next door to Kearsney College, will hopefully become a favourite stopping point for locals and tourists. The shop will create employment for over 1 200 crafters and a conservative estimate is that the shop will put back over R1 000 000 a year to crafters in need, many of whom support between seven and 10 dependants. The money earned through craft is often the only income earned in the family.

The shop is also an example of collaboration between projects, and how projects can work together for the benefit of all organisations. Woza Moya has always believed in working together and the new shop will feature hand-made crafts from Fancy Stitch in Ingwavuma, Woza Moya Ixopo in Ifafa Valley, Congo Rose from Durban, Rootz Creations, Embo Craft, Wanita, a Durban designer, Ronnies-Jabobs Tears Creations, Aubrey and Francis recycled jewellery and products, Ntenga tea - grown in the Ndwedwe Valley, Assegay Coffee, ceramics from KZN, Rondawel soaps, Dr Hayley face products, wire work and beadwork from Woza Moya.

The shop has a small gallery which will be featuring the work of beadworker Nkululeko Chiliza at the opening exhibition. The gallery will feature work by local crafters who are bridging the gap between art and craft and who would not have an opportunity to exhibit in an established gallery. Hact members said with community support they hope the shop will be become a big success. - Supplied

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