The Shelela Body Balm project is a collaboration between the Shelela Ladies, Swazi Candles and Mustard Seed Africa. Shelela Body Balm is a rich, natural, hand-made moisturiser with organic ingredients produced by peri-urban women in Swaziland as a means of earning an income. This is a community development project coordinated by Mustard Seed Africa to assist the Shelela Ladies earn a regular and sustainable income.
Health and Wellness Day
Our Health and Wellness Day provides information and services to rural women which includes breast cancer awareness, family planning and HIV Education, eye testing and provision of glasses. Over 600 women have benefited from this initiative to date.
The Bookmark Project
The 150 women who are part of Litsemba in rural Swaziland form the creation and distribution of embroidered bookmarks, which are now their means of earning a regular income. This was inspired by author Gail Masondo who commissioned the women to create bookmarks for her book “Now this feels like home”. The bookmarks are available as souvenirs and can be made to order for themed events.
Nandi Nandi “Maputi” is a wholesome preservative free maize snack rich in fibre, energy, carbohydrates, protein, iron and vitamin B. It is a snack that originates from Zimbabwe and is a hunger buster. The 150 women who are part of Litsemba form the distribution network in the rural area they live in and are responsible for finding markets for the maize snack, enabling them to earn an income. Their target market includes schools, colleges and wholesalers. Our organisation assisted Litsemba with sourcing funding for the machinery, training, branding and marketing of the snack.