In Eswatini, over 50% of the population lives below the national poverty line and makes less than two dollars per day. Expanding employment opportunities to lift people out of poverty provides needed income and support, and fulfills a central part of Heart for Africa’s mission of bringing HOPE to the people of Eswatini.
Khutsala™ Artisans (Khutsala meaning "hard working" in the siSwati language) was created to provide profits that go towards caring for orphans and vulnerable children. This Heart for Africa™ initiative provides employment for women and men from all over the Kingdom of Eswatini. Each employee receives training in multiple areas including, but not limited to, bead craft, jewelry making, and ceramics.
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 supported in surrounding communities from Khutsala Artisans. The vocational aspect 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 to support and caring for orphans living on Heart for Africa’s 2,500-acre farm called Project Canaan.