When Lynn Price first met women living in villages in Chintsa, their dire living conditions inspired her to bring renewed hope to their lives through arts and craft-making.
Price, who has lived in Chintsa for 25 years, said knowing she could make a difference in the villagers’ lives motivated her to become a gateway to business opportunities for the women.
The 46-year-old started I left my Heart in Africa, an organisation that brings gifted craft-makers from surrounding villages together to create fashionable artefacts for sale.
She believes in using local products and material to promote arts in the province.
Price used her skills in graphic design and experience in the arts and culture industry to help the women create beadwork, handbags and other unique artefacts which are sold in restaurants, craft shops and other small businesses around Eastern Cape.
They are also sold online.
“I realised that these women wanted to work, but there was a need for getting work to the ground. I took on the role of looking for markets for their craft,” she said.
Price owns Buccaneer Lodge and Backpackers with her husband, Sean.
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