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Mustard Seed Africa collaborates with Artisans in rural areas in Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa and Uganda. Because of their remote locations they have limited information on trends and preferences. We bridge the gap between the products made and the customer preferences through product development, design and marketing. We assist the Artisans with marketing tools including branding and pricing.

Their products are available in our retail outlet located at 210 Upper East Road, Corner Cheshire Road, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe which stocks products made by over 2000 handcraft artisans.

 

Dandemutande

With a focus on teamwork and a commitment to provide for their families, the peri-urban group of women called DandeMutande work collectively in producing beautifully knitted and crochet work as part of their income generating efforts. Their work represents a web of unity, love and joy.
Handcrafted in Zimbabwe.

FuraFura

FuraFura which means butterfly in the Manyika dialect depicts the rising of a determined group of mostly women and girls from the resettlement area of Eastview in the outskirts of Harare who use their handcraft skills to make beautiful, quality, contemporary embroidered products to empower their communities. FuraFura - Rising from the ashes! 
Handcrafted in Zimbabwe.

Knitters of Makanya

Nestled in rural Chirumhanzu, Mvuma, is a group of highly skilled and experienced knitters with a passion for sharing their talent with the world.  Collaboration, teamwork and excellence are reflected in their hand knitted and crochet work which is a commitment to empower their communities and ensure self-reliance.
Handcrafted in Zimbabwe.

Zienzele

Zienzele is a social entrepreneurship compromising approximately 400 of Zimbabwe’s top sisal expert weavers in the Chivu Central District. The proceeds enable the group which compromises approximately 90% widows to pay school fees for their children. Approximately 800 children in the Berejena District benefit from this project. Beautiful woven sisal baskets are made incorporating natural dyes from root and bark. 
Handcrafted in Zimbabwe.

Past Projects

Shelela

 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.

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.

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.

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

 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.

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.

 
 

DESIGN & MARKET ACCESS PROJECT