The Positive Beadwork was initiated in 2002 when it was recognized that most mothers with HIV-positive children who were being treated in the hospital were struggling to provide the basic needs of their families. The mothers are taught bead working skills and receive the raw materials each week to produce beadwork at home. Funds from the Kidzpositive Family Fund are used to buy the products as they are completed. The Kidzpositive Family Fund recovers this money from the sale of the beadwork. The value of our sales in 2007 exceeded R800 000. This has enabled over 110 families affected by HIV/AIDS to enjoy the security of a regular income averaging around R130 per week.
As the project developed other benefits to participants have become apparent - including regular attendance at support group meetings, improved adherence to medication regimes and the development of a more positive attitude to life. The project has received an Impumelelo Innovations Award in recognition of its successful private-public partnership in reducing poverty. Kidzpositive Family fund has helped initiate similar projects through HIV/AIDS clinics at other sites including Paarl, Worcester and Crossroads.
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Our new product 'Ndebele cards' feature beautiful ethnic designs on beaded squares with a pin attached so you are buying more than just a card and your purchase is supporting a family affected by HIV/AIDS. The beadwork can be worn as a brooch or pinned to a bag. The cards are R20 each and can be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org or inquiries to
+27 21 686 9710.