Pillow Covers Support AIDS-orphaned Teens


After an eye-opening experience with Habitat for Humanity in Tanzania, East Africa, American Beth Peterson teamed up with Tanzanian Grace Ndunguru to support women-owned businesses and companies that offer trade skill training and jobs to AIDS-orphaned teens in the region. A portion of proceeds from each imported African textile sold on Haba Na Haba is donated to these companies. "In 2000, there were one million AIDS orphans in Tanzania. This number is expected to reach 1.8 million by 2010. One in 10 children in Tanzania under the age of 15 will be orphans. One-fifth to one-third of these children have lost one or both parents to AIDS," says Peterson. According to press material, companies to benefit from the funds must pay fair wages and not hire children. The site, which launched yesterday, will feature a revolving catalogue of Tanzanian products—first up are Tanzanian cotton pillow covers, priced at $24.95 each. The silkscreened and embroidered designs, created by Flotea Massawe and her team of craftspeople from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, include African animal patterns (zebras and elephants), nature-themes (Serengeti Grass), as well as figures dancing, drumming, and hunting. Haba Na Haba comes from "haba na haba, hujaza kibaba," a Swahili proverb that translates to "Little by little, fills the pot." ::Haba Na Haba