Mar 3, 2020

Bamboo Production

Training and Proud
Training and Proud

Good news with the raining of our 100 women. We have linked with an expert in bamboo Johann Bruisell who is not only growing bamboo for sustainable purposes but is not training 20 of our women. Training is on the cutting, preparation and management of the raw bamboo followed by product development. Beautiful designs in lightning and mirrors is ongoing. The women who are fully equipped with all the necessary tools and equipment have also been given a workshop space for the Umhluma Foundation. We have been training and paying the transport for the women to attend weekly training to ensure that they have a bright future with income opportunities through their own hands. The only way to rid society of crippling ills is to overcome poverty. Poverty brings despair on so many levels and it usually falls on the shoulders of women. Please help us to help others for a brighter tomorrow for all. Here are the links to our social media, hopefully you will connect with us there if you are unable to donate directly. Links: http://www.swazifairtrade.org/ https://www.instagram.com/swazilandfairtrade/ https://twitter.com/SwaziFairTrade

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Dec 30, 2019

Thank you to our supporters!

SWIFT sends our sincere gratitude to all of our donors, we are beyond grateful as we are aware of the massive need in the world and we are blessed to you have choose us to support.

We make your donations go a long way in our network of 2700 people. This year alone we have trained 100 young people, trained, capacitated and mentored 163 rural female artisans, held two buyer tours, built a stand at Bushfire and a Christmas market for members to promote and sell their beautiful products.

We have helped a local NGO turn their preschools into social businesses, trained 26 young female mentors who deliver vital social and entrepreneurial skills to the young women at the Girl’s Clubs and that is on top of the mentoring and market access for our members. We have done all of this with limited funds as we do not have a main donor this year to support, this is why we are saying to you THANK YOU and BLESS YOU!

Here are the links to our social media, hopefully you will connect with us there if you are unable to donate directly but we hope that you can

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Dec 4, 2019

Elelevating the Status of Women

Reccylced plastic into beuatiful bags
Reccylced plastic into beuatiful bags

ESWIFT loves working with women! Women in our country only gained equality in 2006 with the introduction of the new constitution. We have the law on our side now but attitudes take longer to change. We know from over two decades of working with women that the only way to truly elevate the status of women is economically.

So far our project has brought in much needed direct orders of over E 51,000 in 2019. This is over and above the income the women earn from their daily sales which are growing by 10%.

To help the women develop better quality, higher designs to achieve better sales, SWIFT has been out buying raw materials for the women. Beads and better quality sewing cotton were purchased in South Africa but locally we have bought many other raw materials because we believe in buying local.

We do want to hold more training especially around costing. The women are diversifying the products but they are still not quite grasping the concept of the pricing and profit margin so we are hopeful that the people out there reading this, will keep supporting our efforts to overcome poverty

Here are the links to our social media, hopefully you will connect with us there if you are unable to donate directly.

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