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NGO determined to ends poverty

The trainees were shown how to make grass mats, window blinds, hats, handbags and other interior decorations

A NON-Profit organisation this week trained more than 20 people in the ongoing attempt to fight poverty and unemployment in King Cetshwayo District.

The three days of training started on Tuesday, organised by the Habitat Foundation from Glenwood in Durban jointly with Zikhulise Art and Craft in Empangeni, with the aim of teaching unemployed youth the skills to fight poverty and earn a living using a vetiver (Incema) grass.

Habitant Foundation official, Robin Maharaj said the training was free, given by two experts from Thailand passing on a wealth of information and skills.

‘As an NGO we do not charge for our services; our main objectives is to is teach these people how to take care for the environment and give them the skills they need to make an income,’ he said.

The trainees were shown how to make grass mats, window blinds, hats, handbags and other interior decorations.

‘All these products can be sold to make a living.

‘Vetiver can be used to prevent soil erosion, for water purification, handcrafts, animal feed, cosmetics, thatching, mulching, windbreaks, essential oil and pest control and there are no seeds required to plant these grass,’ said Maharaj.

Maharaj said it is expected that after the training the beneficiaries would return to their communities and train others.

Bianca Norris from Niwe said she was excited about the training program and she believed that the information that she will gain from the training will be helpful and be useful to her and her community.

‘I have done beads training and now I am looking forward to know how can be I utilise the grass to make a living, ‘ she said.

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