Heart for Africa
Heart for Africa works alongside churches in Eswatini to deliver quality care, shelter, food, water, clothing, health care and education to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Eswatini. The faith-based nonprofit promotes sustainability in Eswatini in a number of ways – one being its creation of the Khutsala Artisan Center. Here, more than 110 artisans are provided with skills training and employment. The center provides the necessary skills and opportunities needed for Swazi men and women to provide for their families.
Meet the Artisans
Sabelo has been working at Khutsula Artisans in Eswatini for many years. His family struggled when he was young and he was forced to leave school in ninth grade. Now that he makes beautiful beaded items at Khutsula, he is able to support his family with farming materials, food and clothing.
As one of seven children to unemployed parents, Sibongaliphi, known as S'bonga, had to leave school in the fifth grade. He started helping his dad make sandals but low sales led him to join the Khutsula Artisans. Today, he is a supervisor for the beading team which makes the beaded giraffe, zebra and elephants sold in FMSC’s MarketPlace. With his income, he helps his family pay for food and school fees for his siblings.
Nqobile is able to pay school fees and feed her son with the income she makes at Heart for Africa (Project Canaan). "God has protected me and I give all the praises to him," she said. "Because Project Canaan helped me, I can say I'm successful in life."