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TIMBALI CRAFTS

MADE BY SOME PRETTY AMAZING WOMEN IN SWAZILAND, AFRICA.

 BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS. INSPIRING WOMEN.

Timbali Crafts is an income generating sewing project for women in Swaziland, Africa. In this tiny nation with the world’s highest HIV/AIDS & TB rates and a low life expectancy, the needs are immense. The 110 women who create Timbali Crafts are all volunteer cooks at feeding centers for orphans and vulnerable children. In their rural communities of Engculwini and Nsoko they help to feed more than 2500 children daily.

The women themselves face many hardships: most are either widowed or abandoned, many are single mothers, or grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren. Timbali Crafts was started in 2006 to help reach out to the physical and spiritual needs of these hard-working women and their families who would otherwise have little or none.

REACHING OUT TO PHYSICAL NEEDS

In a country where 2/3 of the population lives on less than a dollar a day, many of the
Timbali women earn between $70 and $100 a month. Money earned by the Timbali
pour timbaliwomen goes to help with the basic needs of their families such as school fees, medical care, food, and housing. The women are also assisted in saving throughout the year, in preparation for school fees due each January.

Timbali reaches out in emergency situations with food baskets for families who have lost a loved one, or have a special need, and also medical care when needed.

REACHING OUT TO SPIRITUAL NEEDS

Timbali Crafts was started out of a weekly Bible study with some of the women, and pointing them to Jesus continues to be the central goal. The Timbali women take part in regular Bible studies and also attend a yearly camp, where they are spoiled, laugh a lot, eat a lot, sing a lot, dance a lot, and have the love of Christ poured out on them! It is the highlight of our year!

WHAT DOES “TIMBALI” MEAN?

Timbali means ‘flowers’ in the Swazi language, Siswatti. It’s also the word used to translate ‘lilies’ in Matthew chapter 6, where Jesus talks about how as his children, we don’t have to worry, because He knows our needs and He can meet those needs better than we ever could ourselves.

That is the heart behind Timbali Crafts: that we would see the Lord’s provision. Not just for the needs that are obvious (and extremely important!) like food, shelter, and education; but also for the deeper needs of the heart like love, acceptance, forgiveness, self-worth, joy, hope…all these things and more that are so perfectly found in Jesus Christ!

WHAT IS A “CARE POINT?”

A care point is a community based feeding center for orphans and vulnerable children.
The care points served by the Timbali women are resourced by Adventures In Missions
(AIM: www.adventures.org) and Children’s Hope Chest (CHC: www.hopechest.org), and
are overseen by local pastors. Many of the care points also offer informal education
opportunities, and AIM Swazi staff does regular discipleship lessons with the children.

PRODUCTS

Each Timbali product is created with a unique combination of African fabrics. Every item is different.
Each Timbali product comes with a tag signed by the woman who created it.

Take a look at our unique products, each made with a beautiful combination of African fabrics.

www.timbalicrafts.org

 

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