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Empower Rural Women Weavers Through Education

Item # 45547

Basic education in reading, writing, and number literacy is critical to a woman improving her earning potential, but education has not yet reached many rural women in the landlocked, southern African country of Swaziland.

Tintsaba was created as an income-generating opportunity for the women of rural Swaziland, training the women to transform sisal, a plentiful, invasive plant, into handicrafts.

Now Tintsaba seeks to provide another aspect of self-reliance and confidence to these women through a literacy and numeracy (number literacy) curriculum. When the program began in May of 2010, 25% of Tintsaba's weavers were barely literate, and 25% were completely illiterate.

Students in the program already report they no longer pretend not to see signs on local transport buses, as they can now read for themselves. There is no denying the power of such a fundamental life skill — perhaps something we take for granted, but so painfully limiting in its absence.

You can help this program continue! $35 enables eight students to participate in four lessons with a literacy trainer.


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