• It takes a village to raise a child


Imvelo Eswatini

Country: Swaziland

Our partnership with Imvelo Eswatini was born in 2014 and we are really excited about the products they make as well as their mission to assist women and children in Swaziland!

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Imvelo Eswatini was established in 2007 by Manzini Youth Care (MYC), a Salesian, Catholic NGO working with marginalized youth and their families in Swaziland. The Salesian order was established by Saint John Bosco, and it was his mother, Mama Margarita, who was the inspiration behind Imvelo Eswatini. Early widowed, Mama Margarita struggled daily to bring up her own children before going on to support her son in caring for hundreds of orphaned boys. The director of MYC, Fr Larry Mc Donnell drew a parallel between this remarkable woman and the women in Swaziland. Imvelo Eswatini was developed in consultation with these women and is dedicated to providing flexible work opportunities, paying a fair and sustainable source of income, enabling each woman to provide for her family.

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Today, Imvelo Eswatini is a thriving small enterprise working with over 25 women from informal urban settlements who carefully and lovingly craft each accessory by hand. Our women are constantly trained to combine their traditional skills with new techniques, fostering creativity and promoting skill sharing amongst them. Each piece is handcrafted from beginning to end by a woman: through her hands she allows her creations to tell her story, making each accessory uniquely soulful.

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Imvelo Eswatini believes in fair trade and the empowerment of their employees and has recently become a member of SWIFT (Swaziland International Fair Trade Association) to show their commitment to the fair trade practices whilst also hoping to raise awareness amongst their customers.

Imvelo Eswatini strives to create products that are beautifully unique therefore no two products are ever the same. Each piece is handcrafted from beginning to end by a woman, and through her hands she allows her creations to tell her story, making each accessory uniquely soulful. The varying colors and shapes embodies and celebrates the very beauty of the handmade process, allowing each product to be as individual as our customer.

• To develop flexible work opportunities for women from informal settlements around towns in Swaziland

• To provide a fair and sustainable income

• To preserve Swazi culture by using traditional skills

• To promote skill sharing

• To create unique and vibrant hand crafted fashion accessories

• Imvelo Eswatini aims to provide work opportunities for an increasing number of women, as well as to support them holistically in their personal development, contributing to poverty alleviation and a better future for Swaziland.

All the materials used for the creation of our accessories are local, natural and sustainable.

Gcebile, Office manager

Gcebile grew up with her sister and two brothers on McCorkingdale’s Farm, one of the five children homes supported by Manzini Youth Care. As an income-generating organization for MYC, all of their … more

Cooperative: Imvelo Eswatini

Pretty, Quality control manager

Pretty has been working at Imvello Eswatini since 2010. She originally started sewing their beautiful bags but her potential was immediately obvious and she was quickly promoted. Pretty now works as … more

Cooperative: Imvelo Eswatini

Nqobile, Jewelry maker

Nqobile has only been working at Imvelo Eswatini for a year but she has made an impression on everyone there! She completes all of their jewelry by attaching the fastenings and helps with the monthly … more

Cooperative: Imvelo Eswatini