Tintsaba trains and employs women to weave some of the finest and most colorful sisal baskets in the world. Your purchase helps women lift themselves out of poverty by building their skills, literacy, health, and independence, and by example, inspiring others in their community to weave a better future for themselves.
With a vision to help women of rural Swaziland take control of their lives, Sheila Freemantle founded Tintsaba in 1985 with just 12 local women. Tintsaba, which means "mountains" in the local Swazi dialect, is renowned for its innovative, high-quality sisal basketry and is exported around the world. Training is the essence of Tintsaba, and to date, the organization has trained more than 700 rural Swazi women in literacy, business English, committee structure, health education, and production techniques. Women are trained to become master weavers or managers and receive formal education in literacy and numeracy so they can open bank accounts and manage their finances. A mobile homeopathic clinic serves rural groups and staff suffering from HIV/AIDS. Today, Tintsaba works with 26 women's groups across eSwatini.
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