This project was born during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in South Africa. Tourism was one of the sectors that took a hard hit, and as a result, many people lost their jobs. In the rural communities surrounding us, where most lodge staff call home, one person’s income could be supporting up to four other people, at times, even more.
We identified a need in these communities for people to be able to provide for their families without
having to rely on a permanent job. We realized the value of being able to create items that could be
sold to feed your family. As we delved deeper into exploring this potential, we also realized the
massive gap of knowledge in the communities on how to run a small business of this kind, as well as
a lack of access to the right opportunities to sell their products. We started to discuss the endless
possibilities that could be achieved through training, opportunity and mentorship.
After many discussions, visits to artists workshops and creative spaces, meetings with retail outlets
and other NPO’s in the area, The Kulani Collective was born.
As a result of identifying a need within the local communities for people to be empowered with skills to create an income for themselves, we have partnered with key projects and businesses as a starting point for creating a network of artists who can work together and assist in the upskilling of those around them.
Read more about our partner projects and the exciting work that they are doing...