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Southern Tribes

HiH formed Southern Tribe Crafts in 2013, which is a network of HiH SA enterprises and groups of women who specialize in arts and crafts income generating activities. The aim of the network is to enhance the Arts and Crafts sector through facilitation of access to local, regional and international markets. HiH SA realizes that women are not only making good quality crafts for local markets, but can also attract foreign buyers in international markets as well.

Through funding received from donor partners we have been able to facilitate the development of arts and crafts enterprises in terms of business skills training and development of the businesses. Although craft production appears to be a significant source of income for women, the reality is, running a successful craft enterprise presents many challenges for women. Challenges such as access to markets, access to raw materials, saturated markets, low demand for craft products and competition; are some of the realities preventing most craft enterprises from thriving and hence vigorous initiatives are needed to enhance the industry to thrive.