In 2010 Wola Nani joined the Indalo Project, an unique South African design and marketing enterprise which connects professional designers and seasoned marketing teams with local crafters and income generation projects. With their expertise we have recently launched a new African Print range, which has been extremely successful and we look forward to a continued relationship with Indalo. http://indaloproject.co.za
Kingston University London
Kingston University began working with Wola Nani in 2009, as part of its latest phase of Project Kingston Africa. The University set a project among its students to think of new and innovative ways to create new crafts, still using the same products and processes which the crafters know and use. This allows Wola Nani to develop and offer new crafts, therefore growing its range and remaining current. Most recently, first year students from the university raised just under 8,000 Pounds for Wola Nani on World AIDS Day. http://fada.kingston.ac.uk/research/drc/pka/pka_materialsproject.php
As we continue to add and diversify our range we have collaborated with FitFlop on their new MANYANO sandal. FitFlop designers developed the MANYANO beadwork design, which our crafters produced.
FitFlop secured the assistance of Net-A-Porter a large luxury e-tailer to facilitate the sales of the MANYANO sandals, with both companies donating their profits back to our Orphan an Vulnerable Children’s project.
“The MANYANO project is a great opportunity to encourage and empower a community. We’re delighted to lend our support to such a worthwhile cause.”
Holli Rogers, Buying Director, Net-A-Porter.com
“At FitFlop, we believe fashion has the ability to unite woman across the world. We are extremely proud to support Wola Nani, and help HIV sufferers to take control of their lives with confidence, dignity and hope.”
Marcia Kilgore, Founder & Creative Director of FitFlop
On the back of the success of the MANYANO project, FitFlop has developed a new product range with us and has supplied us with a new order which will be launched during 2012. http://fitflop.com/
Well Read Books
Well Read Books is a social enterprise that facilitates fundraising via book sales for Wola Nani. They host numerous book sales at various locations in the Western Cape throughout the year. In a recent fundraising initiative they combined book sales with Wola Nani craft products at the prestigious shopping centre Cavendish Square. The Wola Nani pop-up store opened at the Cavendish Square Shopping Centre 25th of November, ready for 1 December to commemorate World AIDS Day and remained open until the 12th of February 2012
The store was provided rent free by Cavendish Square. Marketing Manager, Madrie Verwey had this to say about the pop-up store, “With the pop-up shop, we are thrilled to intersect innovative retail with the handicrafts of Wola Nani’s Income Generation Programme. The Wola Nani store will serve as a platform where the crafters can showcase their wonderfully designed and colorful hand-made products. The pop-up store is the first of its kind in Cavendish Square and is open just in time for shoppers to fill their Christmas stockings. The products available are ideal gift-giving options.” “As an additional tier to our support of Wola Nani, our traditional Christmas gift wrap stations in the centre will include a suggested donation to the NGO for the wrapping service.”
The store was designed, shopfitted, stocked and managed by Well Read Books. We would like to thank Mark Leach from Well Read Books for putting together such an amazing store in record time and for all those long hours he spent manning the store, especially during the festival season. http://www.wellread-books.com/default.aspx
In 2009, Hanan Yanny, a designer living in South Africa gave Wola Nani her designs for paper tea light candle holders, recycled magazine mirrors, recycled paper jewellery and recycled paper lampshades. This has added to our range considerably and provided additional income opportunity for our crafters.
The decorated light bulbs were originally developed by Magpie, a South African design studio, who generously handed over the product to Wola Nani in 2005. This very unique product has generated substantial income for the crafters and none of this would have been possible without the creativity and generosity of Magpie. http://www.magpieobjects.mfbiz.com/
Ithemba approached Wola Nani with a number of designs that they had procured from famous international designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier. Wola Nani’s crafters then interpreted these designs onto the light bulbs and Ithemba began marketing these light bulbs mainly in France. This has generated substantial income for the crafters over the past 8 years for which we are very grateful.
With the generosity of Valspar Corporation, we will be adding a water resistant sealant to our bowls. This has taken a great deal of time and resources from them and we thank them greatly for their generosity. We hope that this new addition to our papier-mâché range will make them even more functional and popular.
The new sealant will be water resistant for up to 1 hour. The sealant meets the requirements set forth by the FDA for components of paper or paperboard in contact with dry food and is therefore suitable for dry food items. The sealant contains no heavy metals and provides protection for washing items by hand. http://valspareurope.com/intl/africa/