Bambanani means “Holding Hands” in siSwati, and aims to empower Swazi women through providing them with skills training and a supplementary source of income from the products that they make to sell.
Bambanani began in 2009 when two groups of home-based carers from Shiselweni Home-based care approached Pasture Valley asking to learn craft skills that they could use to make an income whilst still caring for their families and community at home. Since then, the project has grown, and there are now 4 groups in different areas, with over 50 women involved. Most of the Bambanani ladies are volunteer
home-based caregivers in their communities.
Each group specializes in a different craft. You can see examples in the galleries lower on this page.