Khutsala Artisans: What is a name, really?

September 17, 2020

Khutsala Artisans: What is a name, really?

What’s in a name?  Why are they important?  Have you ever researched  your own name to find out what your name means?  You should.  Names are important.

“Names have power.” 
― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

At Heart for Africa, one of the main missions is to provide a safe haven for babies who have been orphaned or abandoned.  Each child is placed with them through the Social Welfare of Eswatini.  But once they are placed,  Ian & Janine Maxwell, Co-Founders of Heart for Africa, become the legal guardians of these children.  They have committed to raising each one until adulthood, providing for their physical, emotional, spiritual and educational needs. They believe they have been given the assignment (along with all those who support the mission) of raising the next generation of leaders in Eswatini.  Khutsala™ Artisans has the privilege of helping to care for these children through the sales of our handcrafted items.  100% of the profits from the sale of Khutsala™ Artisans goods goes directly back to the care of these beautiful children.

Once a child arrives at Project Canaan, a name is chosen for them that reflects the situation they were found in, or is an English version of the Swazi name they were given. Names have significance and it is understood that a name has the power to  bring a child into the purpose with which they were created. Each of these children come from very tragic circumstances.  To give them a new name means to give them a new chance at life. 

Why the name Khutsala?  What does Khutsala mean?  Khutsala means “hard-working” in siSwati, the language of the Swazi people.  At Khutsala Artisans we are not giving a hand out.  We are giving a hand up. We are instilling  in our artisans a sense of pride and excellence in the work they do.  We teach them the importance of hard work and how hard work brings reward.  And anytime someone says the name “Khutsala” we are calling our workers into their ability to work hard in the mission of creating HOPE through beauty, design and excellence.

Come see the hard work of our artisans.  Shop with Purpose today.




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