Communities equipped with skills on handicrafts

  • 11 January, 2019

As part of the efforts in promoting one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of eradicating hunger and poverty, a private organisation has embarked on a mission to train communities on how handicrafts can be used to fight poverty.

Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The SDGs are part of Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly: "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." That has been shortened to "2030 Agenda."

Ntha-Cuties, an organisation that specialises in crotchet clothes, has organised series of trainings meant to educate interested members of the community on how to make handicrafts.
’Matumane Matela, founder of Ntha-Cuties, disclosed that “the need to fight hunger calls for all to collectively think outside the box and explore means of putting bread on the table hence the trainings which are set to commence on January 14.”
Explaining her initiative, Matela said Lesotho is faced with the challenge of high unemployment rate, and therefore the trainings that accessible for a minor fee M500, will help equip individuals and groups with skills meant to help them make different crotchet handicrafts and some embroidery for income generation.
“This will enable people to increase their finances, take care of their families and therefore curb hunger,” she emphasised, proposing that the demand for handicrafts in and outside the country is very high at reasonable prices.
According to information from development planning ministry, poverty and hunger remain huge challenges facing Lesotho today, and it therefore calls for collective and individual efforts meant to help the country realise SDGs in line with ending poverty in all its forms.

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