Wola Nani

South Africa

Wola Nani is Xhosa (South Africa's second most common language) for "we embrace and develop one another". It was established in 1994 as a non-profit organization to give support to the most vulnerable in the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Wola Nani's vision is to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV and AIDS. Through counselling, care, training, increased awareness and community support, individuals with HIV are empowered to take control of their lives with confidence, dignity and hope. All of Wola Nani's colourful papier-mache bowls are hand-crafted in South Africa by people living with HIV/AIDS, providing a means for HIV-positive women to generate an income and take control of their destinies.