- Signed by the artist
- Includes Little Traveler passport
- 2" L (5 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from South Africa
Made by: Woza Moya
Incorporating a holistic approach to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust was established in 1991 in the Valley of a Thousand Hills outside Durban, South Africa. Since its inception, they have grown to fund HIV/AIDS counselors, education counselors, a 24-bed respite unit, antiretroviral therapy and monitoring, a feeding program, and food gardens project. Hillcrest also runs an income generation program for women. It allows those in need to use their creativity and earn an income as well as regain hope and dignity.
The project’s main aim is to teach craft skills to individuals who are infected/affected by HIV/AIDS through the production and sale of beaded items, ceramics, wirework, crochet work, fabric painting and sewing. It provides an income to roughly 300 crafters through craft sales. Woza Moya is their store and is also the name behind a number of well-publicized art projects, including the Dreams 4 Africa Chair and the World’s First Beaded Suit.
Woza Moya is an income generation project of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust. It helps those in need regain hope and dignity by getting them to use their creativity to earn an income. Woza Moya acts as an agent for over 300 crafters. As the HIV/AIDS pandemic increases, more families are turning to them for help, and they are assisted with training in different crafts. Woza Moya markets the goods made and operates a beautiful shop on the center premises. The project has proven that with the right care and access to medication, lives can be turned around. They have found that economic empowerment is one of the most important factors in fighting this pandemic because as it gives the crafters the opportunity to look to the future. In doing so they take ownership of their disease and have something to live FOR! The health benefits of this alone can never be underestimated.