Support ethical tourism in South Africa

by Angus Gillis Foundation
Jul 13, 2012

From Colorful Dolls to Handmade Soaps - Women are "Crafting" Strong Communities in South Africa

"Nobuhle" Line of Handmade Soaps
"Nobuhle" Line of Handmade Soaps

In the Eastern Cape, a group of entrepreneurial women have successfully designed and produced a line of handmade luxury soaps. These “Nobuhle” soaps (the name means “beautiful” in Xhosa) are the newest products created by the Glenmore self-help group supported by the Angus Gillis Foundation. The Glenmore community borders the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve and the women successfully marketed their soaps to this luxury resort who have agreed to buy the soaps for their guests. The partnership between the Glenmore group and the game reserve will help the group establish their reputation and continue to expand their business into new markets in the near future.

The Angus Gillis Foundation has successfully supported the creation of a number of new self-help groups, all of which have developed innovative income-generating projects and built self-sufficiency in the communities of the Kwandwe Game Reserve.

Your support helps start new self-help groups. These groups grow both financial and social capital and  as their savings pool increases, the members work together to establish a new business. These new businesses are important sources of income-generation, but are also equally powerful in how they showcase local talent and creativity. New self-help groups receive mentorship and training from “Community Champions” who themselves have received training in advanced leadership skills as members of existing self-help groups.

Thanks to your donation, this powerful model of grassroots poverty-alleviation is spreading and is making possible new economic opportunities in communities that have traditionally been “on the outskirts” of economic development. Thank you for your most needed continued support.

Crafts Produced by Self-Help Groups
Crafts Produced by Self-Help Groups

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Angus Gillis Foundation

Location: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Gillian Wilson
IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

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