Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland

by Kudvumisa Foundation USA Inc
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Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Jobs for 250 Impoverished Families in Swaziland
Happy updating the inventory list
Happy updating the inventory list

A woman by herself has to do something to provide for her family. It takes doing business or getting a job in order to earn some money so that you can buy whatever you need. Happiness of Lamgabhi is a woman who through working at the Kudvumisa Creative shop is now able to provide for herself, her children and other relatives.

Happiness tells her story like this:

“I am a mother of 3 kids, whom their father abandoned, leaving me to take care of them. Currently I stay with my brother and 8 nephews whose parents died one after the other in 2015. Clearly it states the fact that I also have a huge role of taking care of my nephews. My parents died in 2005, when I was still young and still needed to be taken care of, so I then stayed with donors till 2008 when they left Swaziland. Before my donors left the country they connected me with the Kudvumisa directors Mr Daran and Teresa Rehmeyer who gave me a job. Actually before I met the Rehmeyers I was doing a small business of selling chickens and eggs which helps me earn at least something to put food on the table.

“Through my small business, which I still do on the side, the organization’s directors saw my business skills and were convinced by that to hire me to work at the Kudvumisa Creative shop ………. I started working for the organization in their shop department in September 2017. This is the shop where the organization sells products produced by community people under the Kudvumisa economic development.

“Working here helps me in many ways, one of them being taking care of my big family as I mention earlier on. Whilst I am in the shop, I also make a few handicraft products, which help me gain more handicraft skills. Personally it also helps me know that no matter what life goes on, as I work I get to meet customers of different kinds and get to talk to them thus learning a lot about life, people's personalities, life strategies, etc.

“So with that being said, I really thank God for bringing people who have such a heart of helping us Swazis get better in life and be able to take care of ourselves. I also want to thank all the donors who help make it possible for me and other people in my country to have jobs even if we are looked down upon because we are not that learned.”

Happy is too humble. Her business skills from inventory management to book keeping are a testimony to her abilities! She is a tremendous blessing to all that come into the shop. She helps sell many of the products that go back and directly benefit the women and families in the eastern side of eSwatini who participate in the economic development projects.

Happy and the products from Econ Dev projects
Happy and the products from Econ Dev projects

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The ladies meeting at the Kudvumis Skills office
The ladies meeting at the Kudvumis Skills office

In the Maphiveni community it can be difficult to support a family as there are not really any job opportunities there. The Kudvumisa Foundation economic development projects continue to help the people of Maphiveni community to earn money with the skills that were taught to them.

 Nonhlanhla is a mother of six kids who for four years has been part of the organizations economic development project. She and other ladies sew a variety of creative items out of different materials. Presently, Nonhlanhla, is now a happy mother who is able to help bring income into her household. Whereas before it was just her husband, now they both are able to help support their family together. It is always a victory to us as an organization to see families living a life with better support from whatever skill they may have.

 Through the sewing project Nonhlanhla testifies that it is not only income that they gain, but they also gain more knowledge in sewing skills, for example, something that they have had to learn is to be creative and to think outside of the box. More than that they are able to work together with other women and to encourage one another to grow in the business mindset as it is something they enjoy doing.

 Smiles of joy and thankfulness are what we get to see in the lives of the sewing ladies. All of this gets to take place because as an organization we take the initiative to help ladies like Nonhlanhla to grow in skills that she would then be able to use to support her family.

Nonhlanhla sewing!
Nonhlanhla sewing!
Nonhlanhla modeling an apron she sewed
Nonhlanhla modeling an apron she sewed

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Mr. T working on a piece of glass
Mr. T working on a piece of glass

In Swaziland, for a man to take good care of his family, it takes being provided with an opportunity to work and being committed to it so you can earn money to provide for your family. Mr: T is a man who through working for Kudvumisa Glass is now able to provide for his wife and children

Mr. T testifies that he is so happy that the Lord led him to meet Mr. Daran who is the director of Kudvumisa Foundation. He says that he was offered a job to work for Kudvumisa Glass in the production of glass works of which he did not know anything about at first. From then until now he has learnt a lot and is now able to do a variety of things with glass work. He is able to take used glass and make it into something beautiful like earings or sun catchers and he even does some work with stone products and branding of such products. Most of these products are then sold in the Kudvumisa shop.

Before he started working with the glass work he never knew where he would get money to provide for his children and to pay for their schooling. His first born son had to stay home for a year because of this problem. He says that through having this job he has been able to take care of his familyHe was even able to pay for him and his now wife to get married. Presently he is so happy to be an official husband to his wife and a father to his four children. He was also able to build his family a house to live in as wellHe mentioned that one of the things that bring excitement to him is that he is now able to provide for his family. And of lately he has started owning and raising livestock.

 

Now, this man is so thankful for the joy the organization has brought to his life and his family’s life. Mr. T really loves his job and wants to become better at what he does. He encourages whosoever wants to offer to the organization to do so knowing that there are more people like him who will have the opportunity to learn new skills and to take care of their families.

Designing a glass pattern
Designing a glass pattern
Working at the sand blasting cabinet
Working at the sand blasting cabinet

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Thokozane with a new group from Macetuka
Thokozane with a new group from Macetuka

Creating jobs, employment, and sustainable futures requires a lot of work educating the community to look for economic opportunities. Thokozane takes many hours each week in meeting with potential beneficiaries of Kudvumisa’s development projects. The projects are focused on finding local resources that have little or no local value and making the connection to markets where it does have value. A big part of the problem is that most people in the isolated and rural communities that Kudvumisa works in do not recognize the vales of the resources around them.

Thokozane, our community development community liaison spends a lot of his time educating in the community about the resources they could be taking advantage of. Recently, he spent several days in the community of Macetuka speaking to women there about marula nuts. This is marula season and a fresh batch of the fruit is falling. Much of the fruit lays ungathered and simply rots while some is gathered to make bugano (fermented marula juice). In almost all cases the nut is simply left or discarded. This is a prime opportunity for these women who live in an isolated area to make a living to help support their families.

Thokozane works with these women to help them get started and makes sure any cracked nuts are bought quickly so the women see the value and potential in their work.

All very excited about marula nuts!
All very excited about marula nuts!

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Bongiwe sorting and cracking marula nuts
Bongiwe sorting and cracking marula nuts

By buying from Swazi’s locally acquired resources (like marula nuts, moringa seeds, and crawfish), then seeking out markets to sell these products Kudvumisa Foundation is empowering the community to provide for their family and invest in their futures.

Florence and Bongiwe are two examples of Swazi’s providing for their families through Kudvumisa’s economic projects. On a weekly basis these two diligent women sell cracked marula nuts to Kudvumisa. When their neighborhood's marula nuts are finished together they walk two hours to collect 4-5 kg’s of marula nuts found piled up next to the many village bars that use the fruit to brew alcohol. Catching local transport then wheeling their bounties back home in a wheelbarrow they have are resourcefully providing for their families.

Florence, a 50 year old widower, cracks 3 kg’s of marula nuts almost every two weeks. From the money she gets from the cracked nuts she is able to buy herself some basic needs like salt, sugar, matches, candles, and washing soap without depending on her two grown children for these things. She has also wisely invests her money monthly by joining a local food scheme that pays out in bundles of different kinds of food at the end of the year when her money is tightest.

Bongiwe, a mother of 7 girls and 1 boy, makes cracking marula nuts a family affair by teaching her kids the skills of cracking and is able to brings in 3-5 kg’s of product almost every week. With the money she makes by selling her cracked marula nuts she is able to provide transport fare and simple household needs for the kids like salt, sugar, and matches without having to ask her husband for money who is busy working in the sugarcane fields as a cane cutter. Her goal next year is to save up enough of her marula nut money so she’s able to buy materials to improve her families mud and sick house.

Bongiwe believes that because this income is helping keep the bellies of her kids full it reduces their risk of acquiring HIV. You see, often when kids are hungry they run to the nearby bars at night asking the men there for food. This food given by men often come with strings attached, but because this income keeps her kids fed it reduces their risk of making poor choices that can lead them to a life of living with HIV.

Kudvumisa Foundation is invest in continuing to find locally acquired resources that can bring economic empowerment to the people of Swaziland.

Florence cracking marula nuts at her homestead
Florence cracking marula nuts at her homestead
Marula nuts brought being weighed on a scale
Marula nuts brought being weighed on a scale
Florence cracking marula nuts the traditional way
Florence cracking marula nuts the traditional way

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