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Little Traveller Goodwill Pin

Item # 41609

Funds 50 cups of food.

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A real doll, this tiny ambassador of hope carries a message of friendship from South Africa.

Packed with personality, each is hand-beaded by women affected by HIV/AIDS to raise funds to fight the spiraling health the KwaZulu-Natal province, where they live, over 40% of adults are infected.

"They may be small, but they have made a big difference to me and my family. I was dying when I started making them...and I had nothing to live for...I now have a house, my children are going to school and I have a reason to live." - Artist Thandi Chamane

  • Joyce, Thandiwe, or Queeneth
  • Signed by the artist
  • Includes Little Traveller passport
  • 2" L (5 cm)
  • Handmade in and fairly traded from South Africa

Created to help women worldwide gain economic security for themselves and their families by earning fair wages for their handiwork, Global Girlfriend sources women-made, fair-trade imported, eco-friendly products. By supporting long-term partnerships with the artisans, it fosters equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical assistance, and development strategies to help reduce poverty, one community at a time. Become a "Global Girlfriend" and help build a brighter future for girlfriends around the globe!

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June 16, 2013 - Bought if for a friend who travels lots. Great idea. Looks so cute.

September 1, 2012 - I got "Joyce" as she coordinates well with some folk art pieces I have. Very, very cute!

Artisan: Woza Moya

Artisan Woza Moya

Incorporating a holistic approach to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust was established in 1991 in the Valley of a Thousand Hills outside Durban, South Africa. Since its inception they have grown to fund HIV/AIDS counselors, education counselors, a 24-bed respite unit -- where community members receive round-the-clock care should they become too ill to be cared for in the home -- ARVT Referral and Monitoring, and a feeding program and food gardens project.

Woza Moya is the income generating aspect of the Centre. It allows those in need to use their creativity and earn an income while at the same time regain hope and dignity. As the epidemic spreads, even more families turn to the Hillcrest Aids Centre for help, where they are given crafts training, in turn empowering them economically. Woza Moya has demonstrated this specialized training to be a key factor in fighting the epidemic, as it gives the crafters the luxury of looking to the future, and in doing so, take ownership of the disease. All crafters work from home under a "no work, no pay" approach, encouraging them to be masters of their own success. One outgrowth of this strategy has been an outpouring of creativity and dedication from the crafters with a host of success stories from within the project.

Artisan Joyce, age 55, has been beading and making Little Traveller pins for five years. Each little doll takes her less than an hour to make, but it is time well- spent, as each doll is a joy to create. It also means more money in the bank at the end of the month, in a region where money is hard to come by. Beading has changed her life, making her the primary income earner in her home. The Little Travellers have had a huge impact on her family: her husband, two sons, two grandsons, two granddaughters, and her cousin. They are less stressed knowing there will be money at the end of the week to buy food, and it affords Joyce the opportunity to follow her other calling as a traditional healer among the community. Joyce is known for her Rasta Travellers.

A mother of four and grandmother who also takes care of her grandchildren, Artisan Ester is the creator of the Queeneth Travellers. She first came to the Centre for information on growing crops and flowers. At the time she had no income, but knew how to bead. Always looking to stretch her craft skills, and eager to share what she already knew, she was drawn to the circle of beaders. A very spiritual woman, she draws strength from her bead-work and the knowledge that it's making a positive difference. Even the sight of a Little Traveller brings a smile to her face. "I know I can accomplish anything in my house by making them," she explains. When she came to the Centre the first time, she had no income. Her hard work beading allowed her to bring electricity to her house for the first time. She has also built a house for her children, and purchased a refrigerator with the income provided by the dolls. Ester loves the creative freedom that comes from making the Little Travellers. She created one doll that comes with its own South African flag, and plans to create supporter dolls for all the countries that will be visiting South Africa for the 2010 Soccer World Cup games.

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