Building strong networks in Eswatini
This project came to a close in 2013. However, in 2016 we were granted funding for an additional four years from Comic Relief to help SWIFT further develop, and improve livelihoods of the farmers and crafts people involved. An important element was on promoting wellbeing in the workplace with the help of Swaziland Coalition on Health and AIDS (SWABCHA). Over the last decade Eswatini has helped curb the HIV epidemic by increasing antiretroviral treatment, however many businesses continue to be affected.
By training key members of each member organisation as ‘Peer Educators’, this follow-on project was designed to help improve business productivity by focusing on wellbeing in the workplace. Each business established a representative who can respond to employees’ health issues and signpost them to the relevant organisations. As some issues raised revealed a lack of facilities in the local community, projects have subsequently been set up to address these needs.
“Shared Interest is more than just a partner to SWIFT; it is through their continued support and guidance that SWIFT has been able to create a sustainable path in business where our end destination is to be a leading sustainable Fair Trade Country Network for Swaziland. It has been incredibly rewarding to see our members continuously grow their revenue year on year.”
SWIFT Country Manager