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Our Team

HANDCRAFTED IN AFRICA
This group of women are the core of Collaborative Craft Projects, who support their families and expand their craft within their communities to share the benefits.
Thandiwe Ndlovu Weaver
Thandiwe Ndlovu

I’m 54 years old. I live in a village called Esigodini, in Matebelele South. I’m married and have many children as well as two orphans that I look after. I started weaving in 1980 and doing these crafts have enabled me to look after my family, and now all of my children have finished High School. My husband also helps me sometimes.I started working with Mrs. Taylor in 1995. Working with her has changed my life because I now know more skills and designs.

Molly Mpala
Molly Mpala

I’m 63 years old. I live in a village called Siphezini, in Matebelele South. I started weaving in 1986. I used to take my mats to Jairos Jiri Craft Centre. That is where I met Mrs. Taylor, I started by mending her mats and that is when I started working with her. I started weaving by myself, then other women decided to join me and we became six. I’m grateful for the orders that Mrs. Taylor gives us, we are able to support our families because of her.

Anna Soza
Anna Soza

I’m 38 years old. I live in a village called Sigodini in Matebelele South. I’m married and have four children. In 2014 is when I started weaving, that is also when I started working with Mrs. Taylor. My weaving colleagues’ and I receive many orders from Mrs. Taylor which has allowed us to look after our families and get our children to school. I’m happy to be working with Mrs. Taylor.

Melody Gumbo
Melody Gumpo

I’m 30 years old. I’m married and have three children. I started weaving in 2013. I enjoy working with Mrs. Taylor, she has taught us a lot of skills. I’m able to look after my family because of her. My children are able to go to school, I can feed and clothe them as well.

Ntandoyake Mpala
Nthandoyakhe Mpala

I live in a village in the Umzimgwane district, in the Matebelele South Province. I’m 42 years old, married and I have three children. I started weaving in 2002, and that is what sustains my family. I started weaving small placemats, door mats and now I do large mats. We met Mrs. Taylor at the Jairos Jiri Craft Centre, from then onwards we started working with her. She gave me and my weaving colleagues’ new skills and ideas like dyeing the grass. She also gives us many orders, these orders have allowed us to pay for school fees, food and clothes.

Egness Sibanda
Egness Sibanda

I was born in 1958 and this year I will be turning 59 years old. I live at Siphezini Village in Bulawayo and I have a family of ten. I started working in 2000. I like doing this job because it helps me support my family. I am able to pay school fees, buy food, clothing and blankets as well as join clubs. We are happy to work with Madam Taylor because we all work very well together and the work helps us live better lives.

Betty Sibanda
Betty Sibanda

I’m 58 years old. I live in a village called Sihlengeni village, in Matebelele South. I started making baskets in 1981. In 2012 I started working with Mrs. Taylor, working with her has made it possible for me to pay school fees for my children, clothe them and provide food for them. I’m grateful to be working with Mrs. Taylor.