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Telephone wire bowls, South Africa

Who would have thought telephone wire could look so classy?

These bowls are works of art, a talking piece and a practical gift. Each one is unique. They have started from using telephone wires, but now expanding to other wire materials as the work amount has grown substantially.

This project was established in areas where unemployment is close to 80% in a subsistence farming area of KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. Over 400 people are employed as a direct result of this project and have become skilled in various basketwork, beadwork, and sewing techniques.

Some crafters work regularly and some produce occasionally, when they are not busy with other commitments.

This project has also helped to build a crèche for the community, as well as implementing a food scheme. Older boys are using their incomes to help put themselves through school.