CORONAVIRUS AND ITS EFFECT ON RURAL SOUTH AFRICAN BEADERS.
Rural South African women are some of the most impoverished and marginalized people in Africa, many of whom are already afflicted with Aids and TB and now have to endure the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. African Beadwork is their only livelihood, their sole source of income, and this has without warning been taken away from them. South Africa went into 21-day lock-down (extended) from midnight on Thursday 27 March which effectively wiped out the rural beaders ability to earn an income. Most of these rural beaders do not have access to running water, the most basic requirement for good hygiene which is a prerequisite to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
EARTH AFRICA in collaboration with the rural beaders has developed a range of coronavirus awareness beaded keyrings, pens, masks, pins, flags, etc which are very similar to the Beaded Aids flags & keyrings. These handmade African beaded COVID-19 products not only raise awareness for this global pandemic but also provide a much-needed income for the desperate rural beaders.
Government Aid programs do not reach the impoverished rural beaders as they are not compliant with the South African Receiver of Revenue, they have no UIF, the beaders are essentially self-employed and work from their rural villages and are therefore not eligible for Government benefits. Neither do they have savings to draw from. This is a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions as starvation will now become a far greater threat than Corvid-19, Aids, or TB combined.
The rural beaders are not looking for "hand-outs", they are looking for work - if they can get orders for their beaded Coronavirus awareness keyrings, mask, flags, etc they can then earn an income to support themselves and their families.
While middle and upper income South African households enter the 21-day lockdown (extended) with food reserves and salary security, medical aid, running water, and secure homes, the rural beaders are in a desperately different situation. Most do not have access to running water in the homes, they live in crowded conditions and they do not have money to purchase food and medicine, all they are asking for is to be allowed to continue working, they desperately need orders for their beadwork.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR DESPERATE RURAL SOUTH AFRICAN BEADERS.