Madwa believes in empowerment through employment, and has since 2012 assisted the women of eSwatini to uplift themselves and their communities through craft.
The Madwa Foundation supports these artisans in achieving financial independence, providing training, infrastructure, and access to national and international markets, as well as community interventions that aim to address social issues facing women in rural eSwatini.
Madwa supports rural communities in eSwatini by sharing the area’s rich tradition of artisanal weaving, enabling the region’s women to earn an income to empower themselves, their families and their communities through craft.
Madwa has built two handcraft centres in the HhoHho Valley and Manzini areas. Madwa’s facilities are taking on an increasingly important role as community centres: a secure space for women to work and supervise children and grandchildren. To support Madwa’s mission, we are developing a literacy programme and exploring partnerships with NGOs to combat HIV through early detection and treatment.
Madwa encourages learning about water and soil conservation, and has vegetable gardens at its community centres. Our newest, urgently necessary intervention is work with SWAGGA (Swaziland Action Against Abuse) to inform women artisans of their rights and how to access help in domestic abuse situations.