We LOVE these products--and hope you buy a LOT of them--but what we really LOVE is the story.
Here it is...
The women who create Timbali Crafts are all volunteer cooks at community based feeding centers, called Care Points*, throughout Swaziland, Africa. In this tiny nation with the highest HIV/AIDS rate, and lowest life expectancy in the world, the needs are immense. In spite of their own hardships, the Timbali women help to feed more than 2500 children each day. They are incredible!
(For more info on these amazing women go here.)
Timbali started in 2006 (a bit by accident!) to reach out to the physical and spiritual needs of these hard-working women. At the request of a local pastor, they started a Bible study with some of the women to encourage them in their volunteer work. It quickly became evident that something more needed to be done so that these ladies, who were serving their communities in such a vital way, could also provide for their own families.
They didn’t have any start-up money, but a friend heard what we were trying to do and gave them $150 to buy their first little batch of fabric. Eventually they started making handbags that have evolved into the beautiful products they produce today. What they first thought would just provide a little income here and there for a few women, has become a major source of income and outreach to 100+ Swazi families!http://timbalicrafts.org/meet-the-women