As part of the NLDB grant received by Class Act, community members in Waschbank and Xigalo are being trained in various craft disciplines. The SA Leather Craft team, who are going to be providing an on-site leather course arrived on Sunday, 21st June 2015 in Waschbank. The participants from Xigalo will be coming down to Waschbank to take part. We picked the facilitators up in Polokwane and showed them the way to the community centre. They were very happy with the space and facilities provided, and spent the next 2 hours setting up in preparation for the start of the course on Monday 22md June 2015.
Our participants from Xigalo, Livhuani, Khensani and Constance also arrived on Sunday by taxi and were taken to their hosts in the village. Livhuani our site manager from Xigalo will be hosted by Rosina Ledwaba, Khensani will be hosted by Lydia Machaka and Constance will be hosted by Rosina Teffo. I was very happy to hear on Monday morning that they slept very well and are having very wonderful hosts.
Monday 22nd June: Day 1 of Training.
Nadia, Jana and Jar, the leather craft facilitators, arrived at 07:30 and found us waiting for them at the centre. They started preparing for the first lesson. Our participants arrived on time at 08:00. It was a very nice warm and welcoming weather in Waschbank this day.
Nadia started off with a brief overview of what going to be done during the entire training. She then went on to teach the participants about different types of leather, the texture and where each one comes from. The leather pieces where in different colours and she informed the group how they got to be in those colours.
They also started learning about the tools that are going to be used and how to take care of them. Each learner has his / her own set of tools. The participants went on to learning how to cut different types and textures of leather. Some struggled at first but luckily Nadia is a very patient trainer.
By the end of the day, the participants were able to measure and cut belts in different shapes, punch holes, and dye white leather in different colours. Tomorrow they will be stitching and finishing their belts, and hopefully we will have 7 belts ready to sell by the end of the day!