Approval and enthusiasm from
Launch of the Glass Recycling Workshop at The Sijwa Project on 9 November 2020
Inspired by the excitement and hope instilled into the new seamstresses at The Sijwa Project, Tinolla and Dusty decided to use the time COVID-19 has created further by setting up the Glass Recycling Workshop. They brought in an expert in glass recycling and bead making, to build the oven to melt the glass and to train a new team from the community who will remain permanently at The Sijwa Project and work in the Glass Recycling Workshop. Within 3 days of training the energy at The Sijwa Project was electrifying. Everyone stood amazed as the most beautiful turquoise glass beads emerged from the flames. The newly appointed Glass Recycling Artisans believe they are not being taught a skill, but that they are being taught to perform magic. Bottles that normally end up in rubbish pits or find their way littering the escarpments are now being turned into beautiful jewelry pieces at their hands.
“Our vision is to employ a great number of community members, to give them the necessary training so they can earn an income and be part of the creative team at The Sijwa Project. By the time our guests return, The Sijwa Project will be a hive of activity for interactive engagement with the locals.”
Being able to engage guests who are passionate about sustainable tourism is only part of the experience when visiting our African Monarch Lodges.