SWIFT sends our sincere gratitude to all of our donors, we are so very grateful. During this crisis the need is even great we are sorry to say. The majority of our 3125 members earn at least 60% of their income from the tourists that visit our beautiful country, now we have none. As the handmade sector is not an essential business, all have had to close as of March.
With one of the world’s most vulnerable populations due to tuberculosis and HIV, we are in serious need. Our government, rightly, shut down the country in March to protect lives, with only two ventilators in the whole country, you can imagine how limited our health care is. So the priority is keeping people healthy but poverty is just as deadly.
With over 2000 of our members living in rural areas many without access to clean water, the loss of income is causing significant need.
At SWIFT we are also not allowed to train so we haven’t received any funding from our training partners.
So, I'm sorry this isn't a more positive report. I hope you stay safe, healthy and well
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