Woza Moya Crafters
Woza Moya is an income generation project of The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust and is the craft hub of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa.
Woza Moya makes exceptional beaded and wire crafts that are traditionally inspired, and are a reflection of our unique culture and heritage.
Woza Moya aims to uplift men and women impacted by HIV/AIDS by helping them regain hope and dignity by using their creativity to earn an income. At present Woza Moya acts as an agent for over 350 crafters and supports over 1500 crafters from across KZN assisting them with market access through the ‘Woza Moya & Friends’ shop situated at the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust.
KZN has one of the highest unemployment rates and HIV prevalence in South Africa, more and more families are accessing help through Woza Moya’s training programs in; beadwork, wirework, ceramics, fabric-painting, quilting, crochet and sewing.
Woza Moya crafters are paid a fair price for their goods, based on the time it took to make the product as well as the materials used. This premise for fair pay ensures each crafter has a regular, sustainable income. Woza Moya believes in ethical trading and always putting the crafter first.
The Hillcrest AIDS centre has proven with the right care and access to medication lives can be turned around. We have found that economic empowerment is an important factor in fighting this epidemic because it gives the crafters (who are all impacted by HIV/AIDS) the luxury of looking to the future, and in doing so taking ownership of their disease and having something to live FOR. The health benefits of this alone can NEVER be underestimated.
We enjoy designing new products and try to keep ahead of current trends.
All our crafts can be made to client specification.
Orders taken on:
Hand painted conference bags/ table cloths
Wirework from key rings to larger commissions
Beadwork- we have a huge capacity (have made 150 000 AIDS Ribbons in three months!)
Qulits, banners, crochet work.
The Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust is a non-profit, faith-based organisation that was founded in 1990 as a ministry of the Hillcrest Methodist Church. Our mission is to serve all those impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing unconditional love and hope in a practical, sustainable way. HACT has developed over the past 23 years to be a dynamic, independent non-profit organization and registered Trust with a suite of programmes that respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic from several different angles. Situated in the accessible and central town of Hillcrest, roughly half way between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal, HACT serves several poverty-torn communities in the Valley of 1,000 Hills region – one of the epicentres of the world’s HIV pandemic with estimated HIV-infection rates of up to 40-60% of the population in some communities. Over the past 23 years the Centre has expanded its suite of projects and programmes year on year, always in response to the needs on the ground in the communities we serve. We employ 65 staff members, the majority of whom come from the surrounding communities, and many of whom are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and have come through our programmes. Our projects focus on four different areas: care, prevention, community development and income generation, and include a 24-bed respite unit, an outpatients clinic, a home based care programme, a children’s programme, income generation projects, a horticulture project, HIV Counselling and Testing, education and prevention programmes and health and HIV-related trainings. Find more at www.hillcrestaids.org.za