This large papier-mache bowl is made by Wola Nani Craft from South African shweshwe prints. Wola Nani project emerged in response to the need for unemployed, HIV-positive women to generate an income. Through a developmental, self-help approach, the project's members have been able to take greater control of their lives and achieve a better quality of life.
- For decoration only
- 5" H x 10" diameter (12.7 x 25.4 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from South Africa
Wola Nani uses beautiful, simple papier-mache techniques to produce bowls, trays, gifts, and jewelry. The project recruits unemployed women living with HIV and AIDS from their support groups, run in the townships around Cape Town and from local HIV clinics. Women are selected for the income generation project based on regular attendance at HIV support groups, having none or very little financial income in the family, and a desire to produce crafts to better their lives and the lives of their families.
Wola Nani was established in 1994 as a non-profit organization to help bring relief to the communities hardest hit by the HIV crisis. Wola Nani means “we embrace and develop one another” in Xhosa. South Africa has the largest rate of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa, and Wola Nani works to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Wola Nani’s mission is to care through counseling and testing; ARV (Antiretroviral drug) adherence counseling and support; after school programs for vulnerable children; and income generation opportunities for persons with HIV and AIDS.
Wola Nani’s crafters produce recycled papier-mâché bowls, designer light bulbs, beadwork, recycled magazine mirrors, recycled paper jewelry, recycled paper lampshades and tea light candle holders.