Crafters trained and motivated

2017-10-24 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe craft shop that is being built by Woza Moya.

PHOTO: suppliedThe craft shop that is being built by Woza Moya.

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WOZA Moya, meaning “Come Spirit of Change” in Zulu, was founded in 2002 as a means of decreasing poverty through craft.

Lungile Manyathi, Woza Moya marketing and fund-raising officer, said its mission is to unearth creativity that creates economic empowerment through traditional local crafts made by people in need.

She said the organisation started with five beaders making Aids ribbons at a church - the project now supports more than 350 crafters, most of whom have up to 10 dependents.

“Crafters were referred to Woza Moya by other Hillcrest Aids Centre (Hact) departments, including the respite unit, counselling department and home-based care project.

“Once the men and women are enrolled with Woza Moya they are trained in a craft, most commonly beadwork or sewing. The crafters are mostly women and are almost all first-time money earners, having set up bank accounts for the first time in order to receive payment from Woza Moya.

“Every week the crafters come to Hact to sell their craft to Woza Moya, everything from beadwork, wirework, woodwork and even crochet.

“By selling, Woza Moya crafters become self-empowered and self-employed. We have found that being financially secure gives our crafters hope and the luxury of looking to the future and because of this they take ownership of their disease and fight to stay healthy,” she said.

Woza Moya encourages the crafters to come up with new, creative ideas and, as much as possible, for the crafters to set their own prices.

“Woza Moya has a very special relationship with each crafter. The sale from their crafts is the only source of income for close to 95% of our 350 crafters. Every item bought from us has already helped to empower, uplift, inspire and give hope to a family in need.”

She said to continue the work they are doing Woza Moya is building a craft shop.

“We are making great progress in the construction of our new craft shop, we are, however, still short of funds to complete the shop.

“We have created a crowd-funding account with Go Get Funding, to make it easier for anyone who might like to donate. No amount is too little, every little bit helps. The process is easy and safe and you can use your Visa, Master Card or Paypal account.

“We need 1000 friends to help. The finished product will not disappoint and each one will have an ‘invest’ in the shop of marvels,” said Manyathi.

Go to https://gogetfunding.com/help-needed-to-build-our-craft-shop/#.WdsyqUDeR1w.mailto to access the campaign.

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