Crafting Fairer Futures: Swaziland

Crafting Fairer Futures: Swaziland

In September 2018 we launched our third project working in partnership with Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT). This one year project is supporting 100 women who, together with a further 1,900, sell their handcrafts at the Manzini Bus Station in central Swaziland. All women produce and sell variations of the same products creating a high competition for customers who can demand lower costs for their products meaning many women take home as little as 90p per day. This leaves them unable to better their standard of living and puts at risk their household food security, children’s education and access to basic healthcare and social services.

This project will provide 100 of these women with training in product design, customer service and costing to enable them to diversify their products and increase their sales. The women will spend time working with a designer and visit trade shows for market research. At the end of the project the women will have the skills and confidence to design new products, access new markets, increase their sales and better meet the needs of their families.

This project is supported by the Evan Cornish Foundation

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