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Zimbabwean women weave their own beautiful future

 IPS 08 June 2019

In Zimbabwe’s Lupane District, rural women produce baskets and other crafts from local forest products to earn a living in an area is prone to droughts and has a harsh history of hunger. Selling to clients in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and Denmark, their craft skills earn them around 50 dollars a month – a small fortune in a place where women once counted it a blessing to earn even a few dollars in the course of several weeks. IPS reports. (1799 Words) - By Busani Bafana

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Siduduzile Nyoni, a mother of three, busily completing one of her ilala palm products, which will be sold through a women’s cooperative in western Zimbabwe. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS

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Grace Ngwenya, a skilled weaver from Zimbabwe’s Lupane District, deftly threads palm strands into a sturdy basket. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS

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Women from Zimbabwe’s Lupane District invest the profits of their craft sales in ‘keyhole’ gardens to ensure food security. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS

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Members of the Lupane Women’s Centre hope to market these ‘eco-coffins’, biodegradable caskets made from local materials, to ensure their community is sustainable, even in death.Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS

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