Ma Khethiwe is a member of the KwaJobe craft group. She has green fingers and grows the most beautifully luscious vegetables in the fertile soil of the iSimangaliso Wetlands.
During Covid-19 lockdown, it has been the sale of vegetables, not craft, that have sustained many of the KwaJobe crafters. For rural households, lockdown made life just that much harder. Grown children working in cities like Durban and Johannesburg, lost their jobs and returned home. Children, no longer attending school, lost out on that vital daily meal provided by the school. Suddenly, parents had to find enough food for additional mouths.
Post lockdown, the women have managed to secure a deal with a local man to sell their vegetables at the Spar grocery store in Jozini. Thirty (30) % of earnings from prints sold of this artwork will go to developing workshops on income generation strategies for the KwaJobe craft group.