Swaziland's handcraft sector falls into two broad categories of formal and informal. The formal sector comprises of professional structured and businesses that are mainly export- oriented and which produces wide diversity of world-class goods for local, regional and global markets. These businesses have established firm global markets and are suppliers to man exporters. They also play a key role in job creation, particularly among rural women who often create these crafts at home.
For more information on each handcraft and art exporter in Swaziland click on the link below;
- Gone Rural
- Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT)
- Swazi Candles
- Ngwenya Glass
- Carol Stephens
- Baobab batik
The informal category consists of talented people, mainly self-employed women and men who usually possess little business acumen and are hampered by lack of contacts, mostly relying on passing trade, tourists who buy from roadside stalls and small shops. A high percentage of handcrafters in this sector are bread-winner parents who use the proceeds to finance tuition for their kids, provide food for their families and finance their social needs. Government and Municipalities have played a major role in the sustainability of this sector by providing easily accessible handcraft centres where these handcrafters can sell their wares. Click here to see the map of routers leading to their these selling centres.