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We use our extensive rural footprint to partner with communities

We use our extensive rural footprint to partner with communities

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Africa! Ignite is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s leading rural development agencies. We use our extensive rural footprint to partner with communities, so that they can participate fairly in the economy and society, and make their voices heard. Our programmes help women and youths to earn a decent living; develop sustainable enterprises; learn usable skills; tell their stories; protect their health and environment; and improve their quality of life.

 

Africa! Ignite provides holistic support to about 1 000 crafters across KwaZulu-Natal’s impoverished heartland with its broken terrain, poor infrastructure, very high unemployment and high incidence of HIV/AIDS. The rural craft organisations are groups of mostly women, who organise together to produce craftwork and to access markets for their craft. The majority of their members are single mothers and grandmothers who make use of the income from craft to care for their families and often for the orphaned children of their children and siblings.

 

KwaZulu-Natal is the South African province with the richest craft traditions. For rural Zulu women, craft is the first logical entry into the economy; since they use skills that they learnt from their mothers and grandmothers, don’t need specialist equipment and can create craft products while tending their homesteads and looking after their families.

 

IN 2010 and 2011, Africa! Ignite piloted a project; ‘Using the power of the sun to improve rural health and livelihoods,’ which was funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and was implemented in partnership with the University of KZN’s Department of Public Health, the CSIR and Lemnis Lighting. The project introduced solar disinfection of water (SODIS) and solar lights into rural households in KwaHlabisa and Mtubatuba municipalities in the north of KwaZulu-Natal; with youths monitoring, supporting and documenting the introduction

 

 

We help mothers and grandmothers to provide for children

We Tell Stories

We help youths to reach for their dreams

We ignite rural enterprise

 

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Africa!Ignite is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s leading rural development agencies. We use our extensive rural footprint to partner with communities, so that they can participate fairly in the economy and society, and make their voices heard. Our programmes help women and youths to earn a decent living; develop sustainable enterprises; learn usable skills; tell their stories; protect their health and environment; and improve their quality of life.

Written by : Phungashe EDSC

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