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New Partnership Thank you to Pam Goosen and Mawabeni Designs for the support. The first round of new products, using the Vukani Projects recycled beads, are now ready for sale.

Vukani is a Ndebele word meaning to get up and do it for yourself. This is a group of 14 men and women who are unemployed and have teamed up to engage in self-help income generating projects. The group is based in the village of Dete, just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. They started with an organic gardening project and now also makes beads using recycled paper and fashions jewelry including bracelets, earrings and necklaces from these beautiful beads. The money they raise is used to help disadvantaged people in the group such as the widows and orphans who are under the care of the members. Beside the welfare of its members, the group is targeting to take care of 2 widows, 14 orphans and 4 disabled under the care of the group.

The Vuche Vuche Craft Project

The Vuche Vuche Basket Weaving Co-operative began in January 2011.  Its aim is to create employment for women who were either not employed or only employed on a part time basis.The group now consists of twenty ladies, some of whom are widows and having to take care of their families solely and others who are taking care of orphaned children or their elderly parents.

Their materials are harvested from the bush around the nearby village of Satau and all dyes used are natural. By collecting these reeds it helps the growth of the plant, making it sustainable for the environment. It can take anywhere from three days to a month to create the baskets.

At the moment, the ladies’ only market is self-drives who visit Chobe National Park or people who know about the group.  They are hoping to expand this with the building of their craft shop and by selling their wares through African Bush Camps accommodations in Botswana & Zimbabwe.