Busie and Vusi with the Waverley Care team
During their visit to Scotland, Busie Majola and Vusi Nkambule of Eswatini Kitchen visited the Waverley Care centre in Glasgow last week. Mildred Zimunya, Senior Manager at the centre, gave a short presentation on Waverley Care’s work on Hepatitis and HIV education with local communities.
Following the presentation, Busie and Vusi spoke to the centre’s staff about Eswatini Kitchen’s work with small-scale farmers in Swaziland. Through education and funding of local producers, Eswatini Kitchen are helping to create a more positive, sustainable future for the country. In addition to helping their producers, Eswatini Kitchen use the proceeds from their business to fund social programs for over 2000 disadvantaged children through their Mazini Youth Care Foundation.
Sadly, Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world, which has led to an average life expectancy of around 50 years. It was really encouraging to see that both parties finding common ground within each other’s work and discussing the differences in HIV related work here and in Swaziland. Due in part to problems with HIV, women farmers have become more prominent; leading to the Kingdom launching a campaign to celebrate the contribution of women farmers to food production. Before the end of the afternoon, we were able to watch a short clip of this year’s awards ceremony, which showed many of the 200+ nominees gathered to hear Fikile Sukati announced as the winner. It was a brilliant afternoon with lots of shared learning and laughter.
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum thanks Mildred Zimunya and the staff at Waverley Care for their hospitality and their interest in promoting Fair Trade within their service user groups - you can find out more about what Waverley Care does and World Aids Day on their website here.