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Who We Help

Below are some of the stories behind the people we help by selling their products online.

Wiseman Mgaga
Wiseman Mgaga originally started out on his own in a tiny work shop, but now he employs six local people, all of which are disabled, and he wishes to continue employing more

The Ladies of Kwa Zulu Natal
These ladies have turned to mother nature for inspiration and creativity to make a range of paper products, that allows them to live a reasonable life and to educate not only their children, but also others less fortunate, many of whom have been orphaned, by Aids.

The Man from "The Valley of a Thousand Hills"



Name: Wiseman Mgaga
Products: Handmade and hand painted animal fridge magnets
Why we
want to help:
Wiseman Mgaga originally started out on his own in a tiny work shop, but now he employs six local people, all of which are disabled, and he wishes to continue employing more.
How you
can help:
You can help by buying a handmade and hand painted fridge magnet or by donating any unwanted magnets from inside an old refrigerator. Contact us for details.
Let me introduce you to the softly spoken man of the valleys, Wiseman Mgaga, an amazing individual, who has overcome many obstacles to become a self-sustaining entrepreneur & local employer. Wiseman has had polio since birth, however it has never deterred this creative, art loving man from expressing his talents.

When I first met Wiseman, he was working out of a shared "workshop", so small that he had to do his woodworking, outside under a tree. Wiseman now works with a team of six people, each of whom is also a disabled member of the local community. Together this team produce more than a thousand fridge magnets monthly, to supply mainly the local market, through curio shops & flea markets. The fridge magnets are cut out in batches of just five & then each one is hand painted by members of his team.

It has been these small brightly coloured wooden African wildlife animal cut-outs that have enabled Wiseman to expand his business & teach his fellow workers new skills, like making paper mache bowls & trays. You now have the opportunity to assist Wiseman in his mission…. "I want to employ more disabled people and make an even greater difference among my community" This dignified man, whose passion shows not only in his creations, but also in his bright sparkling eyes, is a true inspiration.
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The Ladies of Kwa Zulu Natal



Name: Fundi and the team: Thembi, Nonshanhla, Fikile and Tobile
Products: Handmade recycled paper and paper products, such as cards and wall plaques
Why we
want to help:
The income generated allows these ladies to live a reasonable life and to educate not only their children, but also others less fortunate, many of whom have been orphaned, by Aids.
How you
can help:
You can help by buying handmade paper products from the Dragonfly Trading Company.
The ladies children and local AIDS orphans, by assisting the ladies learn valuable, income-earning skills and in many cases provide addition means for them to complete their high school education.

The art of making hand made paper is not an easy one, but Fundi and her team work long hours, in basic conditions to make an exclusive range of paper products.
SAMPLE PRODUCTS: Handmade paper book Handmade Card



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