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How Quazi Design create a social impact in Swaziland

Quazi Design transform discarded magazines into accessories, employing and empowering women in the capital city of Swaziland. Buy their products from The Big Issue Shop

Quazi Design transform discarded waste magazines into original accessories and interiors. Managing and director, Doron Shaltiel, explains more…

Our products are designed responsibly and thoughtfully, for sustainable change and social impact.

Based in Swaziland, all our products are handmade by local women, empowering them through skill sharing and earning a living wage. We believe in craftsmanship and ethical production which could prove to be a vital economic sector for Africa.

The company was started in 2009 in order to create much needed employment in Swaziland, Southern Africa. We started with the concept of a simple rolled paper bead earring displayed on a card, employing one artisan, believing in the potential to have a positive impact. It is a partnership between myself and the local magazine distributors.

Our workshop is situated in Sidwashini, in the industrial area of Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland. Our artisans are employed full-time with permanent contracts, giving them job security and a living wage. Most of them were previously unemployed, and on average each has seven dependants.

We want to change the perception of recycled materials by developing innovative techniques and combining locally sourced and environmentally friendly materials.

A founding member of SWIFT Swaziland fair trade, we are an active advocate for fair trade principles.

info@quazidesign.com

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