Amongst the mountains that encircle the tiny African Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly know as Swaziland) is one that resembles a basking crocodile. At its summit is the world's most ancient iron ore mine, dating back 43 000 years and at its foot is the remote village - NGWENYA- (Siswati name for "crocodile"). Here a small group of Swazi craftsmen and women - with age old artistry - breathe life into enchanting interpretations of the animals and birds of Africa, imbuing each with its own irresistible personality. Each item handmade from 100 % recycled glass!
Since its rebirth in 1987, Ngwenya Glass has been more than an inspiring success story - it is an environmentalist's dream. The products are all handmade from recycled glass, most of this is from soft drink bottles, gathered from all over Swaziland. Not only are the people of Swaziland encouraged to collect the bottles, but Ngwenya Glass works with the local schools to instill in the children a sense of environmental awareness. In exchange for building materials and the sponsorship of the soccer team, the students participate in roadside clean-up campaigns.
For more info, click HERE to read a blog post featuring this fabulous artisan partner group.