We are very proud to announce the opening of our new shop at Embocraft Training Centre, this will be a wonderful collaboration between Embocraft and Woza Moya/ Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust, the shop will be the second Woza Moya shop in Hillcrest and will support ; local crafters from the valley of 1000 hills and other Self -help projects from across KZN.
The shop which is ideally situated on a major tourist route, and next door to Kearsney College will hopefully become a favourite stopping point for both locals and tourist busses alike. The shop will create employment for over 1200 crafters and a conservative estimate is that the shop would put back over a million rand a year to crafters in need, many of whom support over 7- 10 dependants . The money earnt through craft is often the only income earnt in a family grouping.
The shop is also an example of collaboration between projects, and how projects can work together for the benefit of all organisations. Woza Moya has always believed in working together and the new shop will feature hand- made crafts from; Fancy Stitch based in Ingwavuma, Woza Moya Ixopo based in Ifafa valley , Congo Rose from Durban, Rootz Creations, Embo Craft, Wanita a local Durban designer, Ukhamba Craft, Ronnies -Jabobs tears creations, Aubrey and Francis recycled jewellery and products , Ntingwe tea -grown locally in the Ndwedwe valley, Assegay coffee, local ceramics from KZN , Rondawel soaps, Dr Hayley face products, wire work and beautiful beadwork from Woza Moya- Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust.
The shop also has a small gallery which will be featuring the work of renowned beadworker Nkululeko Chiliza as the opening exhibition. The gallery will go on to feature work by local upcoming crafters who are bridging the gap between art and craft and who would not have an opportunity to exhibit in an established gallery. With the support of the community we hope that the shop will be a great success.
The grand opening will take place this Saturday at 10 am with many of Woza Moya and Embocraft supporters and crafters coming to the opening, Crafters have opted to wear traditional dress and we will be opening the shop with traditional dancing and a ribbon cutting ceremony. We are hoping to have over 300 crafters at the opening.
There will be tea and cake, Cafe Pronto will be there. This will be a beautiful celebration of culture and what a community can do, the shop renovation was entirely sponsored by many local international individuals and businesses, the list of sponsors is attached. We also had over 25 volunteers working around the clock to do all the painting and installing of shop fittings. This is a wonderful expression of the community support. We look forward to seeing you all at the opening.
*Press Release from Paula Thomson, Woza Moya