Programme overview

Overview

High unemployment and poverty means that many families don’t have enough food. Good nutrition is essential in helping those who are HIV positive to stay healthy. There are two types of projects within the Sustainable Livelihoods Programme: farming projects (vegetables, eggs and milk) and income generating craft projects: hand-embroidery, card-making, knitting, bag-making and sock monkeys. All these projects help to ensure that families have access to good, fresh food in sufficient quantities. 90% of those who participate in our Sustainable Livelihoods programme are women.

Programme updates

Woza Moya is very proud of our Thulisile Mtolo who received the "SGH Staff person of the Year" award for 2016.  At the Sinamandla AGM Thulisile presented highlights of our Self-Help Groups (SGHs),proposing that our SGHs are now mature enough to form a Cluster Level Association.

SINAMANDLA SELF HELP AWARD 2016

 

The Woza Moya Crafters enjoyed extra activities this month. Oxfam sponsored Crafters from across KwaZulu-Natal to come together and share their stories and products. EMBO and HACT in Durban hosted this wonderful event and day outing for 20 crafters from our valley. Fancy Stitch launched some exquisite new motifs. Also in March Angela Shaw, Director of KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), began working with our Crafters, introducing them to product design and development, focusing on colours, shapes and finishing touches.  

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We are developing a new cushion cover design created by Oxfam Australia which showcases the exquisite embroidery in the middle of the cushion.

Julia Sumners, General Manager of OXFAM Trading in Australia came to meet the Woza Moya Crafters and to see first-hand how the famous sock monkeys are made.

We were invited to display our work and sell our crafts at the OXFAM Pop-In-Shop on Durban beachfront, running for the duration of the COP17 conference.

Our winter garden reached maturity, producing an abundance of large brocollis, cauliflowers and cabbages, intermixed with a wide variety of other veggies, herbs and plants, as in the permaculture way.  Alan, a horticulturist from Durban with a special focus of Food Security and Permaculture, sourced some top quality seedlings for our winter crop, which made all the difference.  He also brought in more fruit and nut trees which have been strategically planted in our gardens, extending the permaculture design.

The gardens have continued to provide a nutritious daily meal for the children at our Play School and everyone in our Community Centre.  In August we had such a surplus of beautiful and delicious veggies that it was wonderful to be able to give back a little and share with some of our friends and supporters of Woza Moya.

The nearby Creighton farming community holds this festival annually, with steam train rides being offered alongside teh Mzimkulu River through these spectacular valleys.  This year we were thrilled to reach record sales of our craft products, bringing in some much needed income for the crafters of Ofafa.  Our gorgeous sock monkeys were the best sellers, followed closely by the stunning and impeccably sewn large bags.

The knitted beanies become popular with teenagers as the grannies step out using much brighter and cooler colours. They take on a new style as one of the grannies in the knitting group starts crocheting little flowers which are now being stitched on to some of the beanies.  The flowers add a lovely touch to the beanies and are soon to be added to the scarves.

Heartworks in Cape Town, Groundcover in the Natal Midlands and the Buddhist Retreat Centre shop cannot get enough of our Sock Monkeys.  With Christmas just around the corner our craft sales have suddenly shot up, with the Sock Monkeys topping the list.

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Ten women from households with no income are selected for training of hand embroidery. Leonie Malherbe (Crafts Coordinator) conducts a 2 day training workshop on embroidery for this new group.

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On 31 May2010 Benedicta Memela, Woza Moya’s Food Security Manager featured on SABC 3. This documentary celebrates people making a difference in their communities ravaged by HIV/Aids and Poverty. The programme starts with a traditional healer in Khayelitsha in the Cape and then moves to rural KwaZulu-Natal, Ofafa. The focus is on Woza Moya’s Food Security programme and also what has personally inspired Benedicta to be such a great role model in terms of responding to the needs of her own community in the way that she has.

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Heifer Project does 2 days training in response to Goat Management challenges identified by the CCWs.

38 members of Woza Moya go to Durban for the day, to sing at the closing ceremony of the Botanic Gardens International Congress and to visit Durban Botanic Gardens,

especially the Permaculture gardens. The 150 delegates give Star and Dumisile a standing ovation for the bags made for the Congress under the expert eye of volunteer Ronelle Wijnberg.

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Effective community development activates scaled social reflexivity, sufficient to create a tipping-point towards locally perpetuated ownership of improved outcomes.  Woza Moya’s ultimate success, therefore, would be indicated by a transformed Ofafa Valley, driven by local volition, resilience and agency; where every member is healthy, well nourished, feels safe, and experiences an annual progression towards an improved future.