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The Khutsala Artisans Center


The Khutsala Artisans Center is a facility on Project Canaan that serves to train and employ Swazi people in the arts of sewi
ng and jewelry making.  This center will provide the necessary skills and opportunities that will enable local Swazi's to provide for their families.  The center also includes a multi-purpose room for instruction on hygiene, family planning, and other important issues. 






Featured Artisan


Sicelo Manana


Meet Sicelo Manana.  Sicelo was born deaf and he is also mute.  His mother died when he was only 6 months old.

The paternal father's family sent Sicelo away to live with his maternal Grandmother (Gogo)
who raised him.  While he was never able to go to school, he was well cared for by a loving Gogo.  From age 20-29 he was hired as a shepherd, however, he was poorly paid and poorly cared for by the people whose cattle he was caring for. 

When we put out the most recent call for more workers at Khutsala, Sicelo's Uncle drove two hours to bring him home so that he could come and put his name on our list.  In February 2016, he was hired, and while communication is difficult, he is a fast learner and we are told he will be promoted from Junior Wrapper to Senior Wrapper (which comes with an increase in pay).  This young man loves his job, is a fabulous worker, and we give thanks to the Lord that He sent him to us as a new worker who is helping us make Christmas ornaments for Heart for Africa in 2016.


Meet Our Artisans

Sibongaliphi Manana


"My name is Sibongaliphi Manana.  I am a guy aged 26-years.  I was born 22 September 1989. 


I live at Gebeni Community, which is an hour drive from Project Canaan.  I attended my primary school at a nearby school, Gebeni Primary School.  This is where my parents decided that I stop schooling in Grade 5 due to lack of support for my school fees.


I come from a family of 7 children (5 boys and 2 girls) and I am the fourth born.  Both my parents were unemployed, they were only making traditional sandals, which didn't have a good market.


As I was staying home I started helping my father when designing the sandals and that is where I got skilled.  Without realizing I was talented, life was hard at home and so I decided to look for a job on the farm at Project Canaan.  Luckily I was employed in July 2013. 


I started working on the farm, then later with God's help, I heard they wanted to start a handcraft center called Khutsala Artisans.  Knowing I was talented, I decided to apply for a job and move from the fields to join the Artisans. 


From there I was able to help my family with food and paying for my little brothers school fees.  This is where I realized I belong to Khutsala Artisans because I was able to come up with new designs.


This helped me a lot and I was able to build a house for my parents and get electricity. Before this, we had no electricity at the house.  I did not just stop there, I also took some of my salary and attended driving school, and now I have my driver's license. 


In conclusion, I give thanks to Project Canaan for the provision of a job, which helped my parents and myself achieve many things."


Management note:  S'bonga is a great blessing to us.  He has been working as a Supervisor to the bead team since 2014 and has done an outstanding job in motivating, training, design and production.  He has taken ownership of it and runs his team like it's his own business.



Nelsiwe Mndzebeli


"My name is Nelsiwe Mndzebeli and I am a lady aged 29 years.  I got married to a Nhlabatsi family at the age of 20 year.  I have been married for 9 years now.

I started wor
king for Project Canaan in September 2013.  I had no job before and I was a housewife.  I had nothing to support my family of 15 people stay at home without a job.  When I got the job in 2013 my husband was already working for Project Canaan, but he became very sick and stopped working.

Getting a job a Project Canaan helped me a lot in feeding my family and taking care of my sick husband until he passed away in 2014, leaving me without anything, but still living with his family.  It was the same time whereby my only daughter was supposed to start attending her first primary school.

Life wasn't easy afterwards with the family without my husband, such that it came to a point whereby I decided to move a little bit from their home and build my house away from them with the salary I got from Project Canaan.  It took me a log period of time to finish it because I was also using the same salary to pay for my 6-year old daughter's school fees.


In conclusion, Project Canaan has been so beneficial to me and I have achieved a lot in life an in my family.  Such that today I stand as a brave woman who fought poverty through a job I got at Project Canaan."

Management note: Nellie became a Supervisor in 2014.  She's the Production Recorder and Ladies Affairs Representative at Khutsala beads.  Her humble and faithful character is a great asset to us.

      


We are proud to announce that the Khutsala Artisans are now making jewelry and accessories!  Please click the here to visit the Heart for Africa Online Store.  US residents may order online.  For all orders outside the US please contact Kim Evinsky at (678) 566-1589 or kime@heartforafrica.org and your order can be taken and processed by phone.



   

 



    

 
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