Fancy Stitch – South Africa
Fancy Stitch is a self-help, income generation and skills development initiative among women in the rural hamlet of Ingwavuma, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Like much of Africa, Ingwavuma experiences considerable poverty and HIV infection, and social issues like alcoholism and teenage pregnancy are widespread.
Starting in 2001 with 27 members, Fancy Stitch has now grown to more than 400 members making high quality embroidered greeting cards, photo frames and tapestries. Each product is hand embroidered and reflects the individuality of the women who make them. No two products are the same.
Fancy Stitch aims to:
African Home is based in Cape Town, South Africa and is a Fair Trade Organisation certified by IFAT (the International Federation of Alternative Trade). African Home works with several disadvantaged communities to provide employment and skill development opportunities in the production of beautiful craft and homeware products. It works in partnership with artisans to utilise traditional artistic skills and designs to develop contemporary products.
African Home aims to: