Iziko lo Lwazi Craftworkers began as an adult literacy programme, offering free English lessons in the library at the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, South Africa. Learning is a luxury when family’s priority is food, so the organisers decided to try to find a project which would enable students to earn while learning. Luckily for us at Redbush they chose papermaking. As well as rooibos they use various raw materials - waste paper from their local recycling centre and seaweed which grows in Hout Bay.

A large tin bath was purchased, frames were donated, a pounding stick was unearthed in the wood pile and the project got under way. In 2003, Iziko lo Lwazi moved to properly equipped premises in the grounds of the Hout Bay Community Centre, where working out of old sheds and a container they make stationery for us as well as a wide range of hand-made papers and exquisite bead work. Today, up to a dozen Xhosa women work at Iziko lo Lwazi. In addition to hand-made recycled paper, which comes in several colours, paper is produced from reeds, rooibos tea, maize, horse dung and camel dung. Literacy classes continue in a fully fitted ex-container. Iziko lo Lwazi is gradually becoming self-sustaining. Crafters are growing in confidence as they gain expertise, and some have embarked on their own enterprises.

We are very proud to offer our customers the chance to purchase these gorgeous handmade paper products, made using rooibos tea, of course. Between 12 and 16 women work at Iziko lo Lwazi and their earnings support 65 people. Although volunteers are currently helping the organisation to grow, the ultimate aim is for the crafters to take over the running of Iziko. To this end, training is given in business skills, planning, product development and marketing. Regular literacy classes are held. The Redbush Tea Company are supporting this brilliant project through the sale of some their products.

If you would like more information on Iziko please visit their website www.izikoll.co.za. If you would like to purchase either any of the individual items or our gift pack combinations please go to our online store.
Please note: The items are all handmade and therefore may vary slightly in shade to those shown in the photographs. Items are all subject to availability. The guinea fowl feathers are collected as the birds naturally shed them, no birds are harmed in any way.

Iziko lo Lwazi

 

Please note: The items are all handmade and therefore may vary slightly in shade to those shown in the photographs.
Items are all subject to availability.
The guinea fowl feathers are collected as the birds naturally shed them, no birds are harmed in any way.