For over 20 years, the Gone Rural project in the mountains of Eswatini has grown and prospered, and currently over 700 women in the area are making an income weaving these beautiful homewares.
The aim is to create innovative contemporary designs using traditional hand skills and local, sustainable materials. Women harvest grass from the mountains, which is then dried and woven using traditional techniques.
Many of these women are mothers and grandmothers, so being able to work from home enables them to maintain a traditional lifestyle while also caring for their own children as well as many vulnerable and orphaned children within their community.
In addition to providing rural women with sustainable employment, this project also supports a range of community programs; women’s literacy, HIV/AIDS support, school fees bursary, clean drinking water & creating sustainable vegetable gardens for families.
Discover our range of hand-woven homewares here.