Tintsaba were awarded with the “For Her” prize at the Be Fair Awards. The award celebrates the success of organisations that mainly consists of women. The Be Fair Awards are the annual recognition of fair trade initiatives from the Trade for Development Centre of the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC).
The women of Tintsaba have a reputation as master weavers in sisal thanks to their products’ excellent quality and design. The women of the co-operative are trained to weave sisal as well as make jewellery. The group also provides training opportunities for other women in the region.
The jury commented: “We wanted to reward Tintsaba for its holistic approach, which includes business and social support. Thanks to its innovative production model, which generates high-quality products, Tintsaba is a source of inspiration for other entrepreneurs.”
Handicraft producers, Gone Rural were awarded the Trade Sector award in the African Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) Awards. The awards are organised by the Africa Growth Institute, in partnership with African governments, private sector institutions, NGO’s and SMME support agencies.
Gone Rural was founded by the late Jenny Thorne in the 1980s to create sustainable incomes for rural women in Swaziland, with the objective of bringing independence and a voice to these women. Today, it creates sustainable income for over 760 women throughout Swaziland. In the last four years the business has doubled in size and quadrupled the women’s income. Gone Rural supplies over 400 retail stores internationally with products sold in some of the worlds most renowned home stores.
We are really proud of the achievements of the groups and we look forward to hearing about future successes from them and the other groups that we work with across Swaziland.
Fetola were awarded the coveted Africa SSME Award 2011. We have been working with Fetola for the last 4 years and this month launched a second phase project with them. The new project involves training 40 new craft producers throughout South Africa in business and financial skills, market access and good governance. You can read more about our work with Fetola by clicking here.
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