Our Story

In Eswatini, over 50% of the population lives below the national poverty line and makes less than two dollars per day.  Expanding employment to lift people out of poverty, provide income and support to others through jobs is a central part of Heart for Africa’s plan to bring hope and help to the people of Eswatini.

Khutsala Artisans, a Heart for Africa initiative, provides employment for men and women from all over Eswatini.  Each employee receives training in multiple areas, including but not limited to bead craft, jewelry making, ceramics, computers, inventory management, human resources and financial planning. Khutsala means “hard working” in the siSwati language. 

Over 100 people are currently employed at Khutsala Artisans and since each Swazi provides for 13 other family members on average, nearly 1,300 people are impacted in surrounding communities.  The vocational aspect of Khutsala Artisans includes the opportunity for training and the promise of hope.  Hope for a living wage, employment and the ability to care for family in a country mired in unemployment.  Work gives us purpose.  It nurtures dignity and self-worth. Each artisan is proud of their high-quality work, knowing that they are providing for their families as well as funds that help care for orphans and vulnerable children.

All profits generated through sales of Khutsala Artisans merchandise go directly back to support the 250+ orphans living at Heart for Africa’s 2,500-acre farm called Project Canaan.