“It is widely accepted that the more women who are economically engaged, the more economies and societies will prosper.”
PASCALE DE LA FRÉGONNIÈRE Executive Director, Cartier Charitable Foundation
The Weavers Hut is passionate about social upliftment, we firmly believe that through job creation, every rural women, who is usually a single and a vulnerable parent, can feel empowered - an opportunity to feel good about themselves and good about what they do.
Meet a few of our Wonderful Woman:
PATIENCE ZONDOPatience is our Workshop Supervisor and a very skilled artisan. She was born in Nottingham Road, in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands and learnt her trade at a local weaving mill. She has been weaving for 15 years and is responsible for training our ladies at The Weavers Hut. The eldest of 7 children, Patience supports and provides for four children in her extended family.. She is determined to give her four nieces and nephews a good education which she never had.
As her name implies, Patience is a lady of few words, a gentle soul with a huge amount of patience.
Lungi is a natural born weaver who joined The Weavers Hut in October 2015. Within a short space of time she was producing work of a very high standard. Diligent and conscientious, she loves what she does.
As a young girl,Lungi grew up in Richards Bay but married and moved with her husband to Othungwini. Now a widow, she is the sole breadwinner of her family of 8, which includes a disabled mother, brother and son.
Nokwe is the youngest artisan on our team. Born and raised in the Othungwini area, she had no choice but to discontinue her education at a young age. An orphan, Nokwe left school at 15 years old to support her ailing grandmother and her younger siblings. A single mother of three she is an active contributing member of her community and loves to play netball.
A LOVELY SUCCESS STORY - GUGU ZULU
When Gugu joined the team, she had the tedious task of packing and sorting yarn into shelves and into the storeroom before learning to weave.
She was always called to assist the other weavers with “setting up the looms” as she was very fast and accurate in this process of weaving.
Gugu finished school with good grades, but her family could not afford to pay for tertiary education, she came to assist us at The Weavers Hut in order to earn enough to pay for her college education. We are delighted that Gugu was sufficiently empowered to resign in February 2016 as she had saved enough money to pay for her own course at Police College.