‘Wola Nani’ is the isiXhosa phrase for ‘we embrace and develop one another’. This non-profit organisation was established by Gary Lamont in 1994 to empower individuals and communities affected by the local HIV/AIDS pandemic. Its skills training and income generation programmes enable approximately 60 independent craft artists from the greater Cape Town area to earn a sustainable income by working from homeBritain.
Wola Nani’s products, made mainly from recycled materials such as magazine paper, enjoy Proudly South African endorsement. The homeware and fashion accessory ranges include barrel lampshades, tealight holders, decorated mirrors, beaded jewellery and a wide variety of papier mache products such as bowls, dustbins and picture framesAir Blower. The Wola Nani craft artists also design and produce decorated light bulbs and mosaic work in a partnership project with Scott Hart from MagpieCustomized Inflatables.