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Is the World Cup Good or Bad for South African Artisans?

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views on 23rd June, 2010 | 3 Comments

During my 2008 buying trip in Kwa Zulu NatalThe World Cup in South Africa is a month-long series of soccer matches that is captivating audiences worldwide. For Fair Trade artisans in South Africa, they have been preparing for this event for years now. Global Exchange’s Tex Dworkin reflects on an interesting question: How is the event impacting Fair Trade artisans? Are they benefiting from the influx of tourism dollars, are artisans in surrounding countries being affected, and has the increased demand for local crafts impacted the Fair Trade model in South Africa?

Reflections from a trip to South Africa

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 25th June, 2008 | No Comments

Abby (far left) and Tex (far right) with the ladies of Batsiranai from Zimbabwe If you’ve been following our blog for the past couple of weeks, you’ve noticed that we’ve been posting about Tex and Abby’s recent direct buy trip to South Africa and Swaziland. They’ve been reporting back about the different craft groups that […]


Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 20th June, 2008 | No Comments

Streetwires is a business with a social mission that is tackling the problems of unemployment and poverty in South Africa head on. Their “Proudly South African” project is providing the skills training, support and raw materials necessary to enable over 100 formerly unemployed men and women to channel their natural creative energies into a vibrant […]

Capetown Producer Groups

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 17th June, 2008 | No Comments

Wola Nani, Xhosa for ‘we embrace and develop one another’, was established in 1994 as a non-profit organisation to help bring relief to the communities hardest hit by the HIV crisis in the townships* of Capetown. It was formed at a time when there was a large pull-back on welfare spending and a huge increase […]

Visit with Ikamva Labantu

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 16th June, 2008 | No Comments

Picture of Executive Director, Helen Lieberman Ikamva Labantu, which means ‘The Future of Our Nation’, works with community-based organisations serving various sectors of Capetown’s township population. They work in the field of Seniors Services, Early Childhood Development, Economic Improvement, Youth Empowerment and Family Services to ensure that critical needs of the communities served are comprehensively […]

KwaXolo Beaders

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 12th June, 2008 | No Comments

Video of KwaXolo members singing and giving us a warm welcome. One of our favorite groups we met with are the KwaXolo Beaders, located in the rural village of KwaXolo, in Zululand. This group consists of 18 women, most of whom are the primary bread winners for their family. They bead a variety of items, […]

Swazi Candles

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 10th June, 2008 | No Comments

Swazi Candles is situated in the Malkerns Valley in the Kingdom of Swaziland. They have been producing handmade candles since 1981. Their artists and craftsmen produce unique candle designs which are renowned throughout the world. They are a long time member of International Federation of Fair Trading (IFAT) and their founder Tony Marshak is a […]

Visit with Aid to Artisans South Africa Artisan Trust

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Store Updates on 9th June, 2008 | No Comments

As we mentioned earlier, the following posts will be a report back from our recent Direct Buy Trip to South Africa and Swaziland. We will highlight the numerous craft groups that we visited and the impact that Fair Trade has had in their lives. We will shower you with photos and videos that we captured […]