Grannies eke a living out of beading

Chaitezvi (seated) with members of Mosadi Letlotlo Society
Chaitezvi (seated) with members of Mosadi Letlotlo Society

FRANCISTOWN: Beautification of handbags using beads has become more popular style in the 1900 and still remains a popular accessory to this day.

Therefore, a 34-year-old woman of Tsamaya village Nanzy Chaitezvi has taught grandmas in her area the craft skill of ornamentation, which has in turn become their source of sustenance.

The grannies are now able to put food on the table while bringing back the fun to their otherwise stodgy lifestyle. Through the Mosadi Letlotlo Society, which was formed in 2019, Chaitezvi brought together 13 old women in Tsamaya village to train them on enhancing their creativity on bead bag making. Driven by their financial crisis and boredom, the self-driven oldies joined the movement without hesitation and took a leap of faith from the ambitious Chaitezvi to start their beading artistic journey.

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