A missionary friend of ours, Julie, has started a ministry there with the women called Timbali Crafts. The Swazi women make purses, bags, coinpurses, and table runners. I have a few of these things and they are so unique! I love knowing that it was handmade by one of these women!
Here's a little information from her website:
Timbali Crafts was started in 2006 to help generate anincome for the 45+ women who work as volunteer cooks atthe eight feeding centers in the rural area of Engculwini. In2008 another group of nearly 40 women from feedingcenters in the Nsoko area of Swaziland also joinedTimbali Crafts. Sales allow the 80+ women to earn anincome for their families, and also continue on with theirvolunteer work, which is vital to their community.Timbali Crafts also seeks to reach out to the spiritualneeds of the women, through regular Bible studies,retreats and special events.As Timbali Crafts continues to grow, even more women inSwaziland will be able to become involved in this incomegenerating opportunity, and further outreach tounderprivileged women will be funded.They are having a Mothers Day sale going on right now. You can get a bag, a seed-bead necklace, and a photo greeting card for $25. Or, you can get the table runner deal for $30. You can also buy the bags by themselves.Go check out her website at www.TimbaliCrafts.org. You would be helping these women of Swaziland and their families!