Byo Home In­dus­tries en­tice ex­port mar­kets

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HANDCRAFT op­er­a­tors at the coun­cil­run Bu­l­awayo Home In­dus­tries are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­crease in the num­ber of bas­ket buy­ers from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est coun­cil min­utes.

Among the coun­tries do­ing busi­ness with the Bu­l­awayo Home In­dus­tries are; Spain, Den­mark, Aus­tralia, South Africa and France.

“Dur­ing the month of March 2018, an ex­port or­der worth $4000 had been de­liv­ered while a sale of $2 900 was com­pleted and col­lected and pro­duc­ers were paid $2500 for their labour,” reads the re­port.

Lo­cated in Mzi­likazi sub­urb, the Bu­l­awayo Home In­dus­tries project was founded in 1963 and reg­is­tered in 1982 and has more than 100 mem­bers drawn from var­i­ous parts of the City.

The project is part of mea­sures by coun­cil to em­power the less priv­i­leged women and youths with sur­vival and hand craft skills.

In an up­date re­port to coun­cil for the pe­riod 1 Jan­uary 2018 to 30 April 2018, Di­rec­tor of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Mr Dic­tor Khu­malo said some skills train­ing pro­grammes were con­ducted in the city to ca­pac­i­tate the hand­crafters.

The pro­gramme cov­ered bas­ketry mak­ing where 108 par­tic­i­pants from Emakhan­deni, En­tum­bane and Njube sub­urbs par­tic­i­pated. De­ter­gents mak­ing train­ing cov­ered 28 par­tic­i­pants from Cow­dray Park, Thorn­grove, Pe­land­aba and Mzi­likazi sub­urbs. In mush­room grow­ing Mr Khu­malo said there were 21 par­tic­i­pants from Thorn­grove, Queens Park East, Sauer­stown and Nku­lumane. Veg­etable dry­ing and pro­cess­ing sec­tion cov­ered 20 par­tic­i­pants from Makokoba and Mzi­likazi sub­urbs.

There were also 10 par­tic­i­pants in hanging/ mov­able gar­dens train­ing from Njube and Loben­gula sub­urbs. En­trepreneur­ship train­ing in­volved five par­tic­i­pants. The to­tal num­ber of ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the above men­tioned ac­tiv­i­ties was 192, he said.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod, coun­cil re­ported that chil­dren from King Ge­orge School had vis­ited the Bu­l­awayo Home In­dus­tries Cen­tre where they were taught how to weave.

“At the end of the ses­sion some of them had man­aged to fin­ish their items in­spite of their phys­i­cal and men­tal con­di­tions. This went a long way to show that BHI was in­deed an in­te­gra­tive and com­mu­nity ori­ented train­ing fa­cil­ity,” said the lo­cal author­ity.

The Bu­l­awayo Home In­dus­tries has been cru­cial in sup­ply­ing re­gional and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets with bas­ketry, floor rags, mo­hair scarves and hats.

Some of the craft work made at Bu­l­awayo Home In­dus­tries

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