Fifteen years ago, the 1st Apple Imac was introduced, Bill Clinton was president of the USA, Seinfeld came to an end, the TRC gave its final report to President Nelson Mandela, Frank Sinatra died and….the Little Traveller was born!
The Little Traveller initiative was the brainchild of Woza Moya, HACT’s economic empowerment project that aims to ease the burden of families impacted by HIV/AIDS through training and supporting local community crafters. Here at HACT, economic empowerment is a key component in our strategy to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic because we know the importance of giving people hope, enabling them to look to the future, to take ownership of their disease and to ultimately live with dignity!
The Little Travellers where born from this need, these beautiful beaded pin dolls are made by local women impacted by HIV/AIDS and have now travelled to every corner of the world where they have inspired fashion lines by international designers such as Issey Miyuke and even starred in movies!
Fifteen years later, Woza Moya sells an average of 400 000 little Travellers every year and we have over 70 different designs - Rasta, Sangoma, Afro-girl, Ballerina, Superman, Batman and rugby player to name but a few!
“Our biggest achievement over the past 15 years and what we are most proud of is that we have been able to economically empower and uplift over 100 women who prior to the Little Traveller initiative, did not see a future for themselves and now, 15 years later, they are thriving and making plans for themselves and their families for the next 15 years,” say’s HACT’s Woza Moya Manager, Paula Thomson.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Little Travellers, Woza Moya will be holding a Photo Exhibition on Saturday, the 20th May 2017 at the Woza Moya Embo Craft Shop located at 237 Old Main Road, Botha’s Hill between 11am and 2pm.
Please come join us in thanking and celebrating all those who have travelled this journey and supported us over the past 15 years!
For more information about HACT’s Woza Moya project, please contact Woza Moya’s Marketing Officer, Lungi Mnyathi at email@example.com, or visit them on social media:
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