#BethePlus–Khokho

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Since launching in 2014, Swaziland based social enterprise, Khokho has garnered a loyal following due to its commitment to creating beautiful luxury handbags while upholding traditional, time-honoured Swazi weaving techniques. With the collaboration of Central Saint Martin’s trained Philippa Thorne, Eddie Borgo, Leathergoods design director Sapna Shah, and Master Weaver Zinhle Vilakati, Khokho has elevated handcraft through fine craftsmanship while advancing the development of local artisans.

As all Trade+Impact’s members, Khokho’s goal is to benefit the local community by creating income generating opportunities for Artisans in Swaziland, whilst preserving the spirit of traditional craft techniques. Khokho provides annual training programs for its skilled leather workers. Young Swazi technicians are also invited to visit the atelier, for sponsored training programs as part of Khokho's commitment to broaden community engagement and encourage economic growth for the next generation. Khokho has also partneted with a group of 12 women weaver in the Ntondozi community in forming a self –governed cooperative called Buhle BaKhokho (meaning Beauty of the Great Grandmothers). Khokho provides on-going training programs to the co-op including leadership, governance and business management.

“Traditional crafts don’t need to disappear, they can evolve and feel relevant within the luxury Market” – Sapna Shah

With its commitment to quality and sustainability, Khokho has earned international success at retail stores across South Africa, Lebanon, Japan, and America and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Kaytie Newby