May 29, 2019

Updates on overcoming poverty

The training of our 100 women is going very well. New products are being produced and they are correctly priced which means our partners are able to have a more sustainable livelihoods, exactly what we want. The aspirational tours to leading handmade companies within the country has had a massive impact on the producers as they have a greater understanding of the market and this has inspired them to diversify their products. We are also noticing that the women are collaborating more and working together as a group. What was really amazing was that the women sold products at the Bushfire festival in 2019 and were exposed to over 25,000 new potential customers.


Feb 12, 2019

Update on Sustainable Livelihoods

Homweork and comprehension visits
Homweork and comprehension visits



In a world of increasing economic inequality Fair Trade offers a way to share the wealth. Fair Trade companies follow these principles to ensure that your spending on Fair Tarde products makes a significant difference to the makers:

Principle One: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers

Principle Two: Transparency and Accountability

Principle Three: Fair Trading Practices

Principle Four: Payment of a Fair Price

Principle Five: Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour

Principle Six: Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment and Freedom of Association

Principle Seven: Ensuring Good Working Conditions

Principle Eight: Providing Capacity Building

Principle Nine: Promoting Fair Trade

Principle Eight: Providing Capacity Building

Principle Ten: Respect for the Environment

Our project may seem “boring” when there is a world of need out there and we understand that it doesn’t tug on the heart strings but our project creates jobs, jobs can eradicate poverty and this leads to a world which is safer, especially for women. Please help us to make poverty history.

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


Jan 28, 2019

Update on training 100 Female Artisans

SWIFT continues to work with rural women to help them build sustainable livelihoods. IN the past few months we have directly trained 100 women on product development and taken the on aspirational tours of Swaziland to ignite market ready ideas. The women themselves have told us that being able to see and understand the current handmade market has sparked new ideas especially recycled, or as we say upcycled, products. Many of our beneficiaries benefited from a wonderful order that SWIFT was able to source for the, A leading hotel in the Western Cape wanted handmade wall hangings that carry messages to be farmed and placed in each of their rooms. This customer specifically wanted the products made by grass roots communities as she supports women and has for many years. Sales support everything, livelihoods, educating future generations and helping to build the self-confidence of women because they can say, Ï did this with my hands”. 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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