February 21, 2013
Jabu Sibandze is an artisan employed by Gone Rural, one of Voss Foundation’s local implementing partners in the Middleveld of Swaziland. Gone Rural is a Swaziland-based artisan organization. In addition to empowering women and alleviating poverty through fair trade, Gone Rural runs a wide variety of programs to improve the lives of women and children in the region.
Jabu has been part of Gone Rural’s Tuesday individual trade group since 2010. Jabu also works with the Gone Rural sampling team to create samples for new products in development. Voss Foundation sources goods for our African Bazaar from artisans like Jabu, in the countries and regions of Sub-Saharan Africa where we implement our clean water projects.
With access to clean water from the new Voss Foundation water project in Swaziland, funded by Women Helping Women 2012, Jabu will have more time to spend on production and be able to earn a larger income, showing how the Ripple Effect of clean water changes people’s lives!
Our first water project in Swaziland will directly benefit two artisan groups, Gone Rural and Rosecraft, located in the communities of Ndinda and Ngoyiya. Rosecraft is a workshop that specializes in fair trade, hand-woven and knitted accessories and home goods, employing over 40 rural women and empowering them with fair wages that allow them to provide for their families. See below for some beautiful pictures of their work! (Photos courtesy of Rosecraft.)