In the Xhosa language, the word “Kunye” means “forward together”, which is what Alison Coutras had in mind and was able to realize with the hens in recovered plastic! After her studies in the U.S., she has returned to Cape Town with a strong motivation to help in solving the problem of unemployment, severe wound in the capital ofSouth Africa, particularly for people with few skills.
Alison wanted to “move together” with indigenous in the construction of local craft skills. She began by making wind up traditional African dolls with clothes, with beads and with their faces painted according to tradition.
More recently Kunye has developed a range of new craft products with Erna Moller, a social worker who works in Africa to care of leprosy patients. These products are made from recycled materials, such as chickens made of plastic recovered from the streets, and have won numerous awards. More than in other places in the world, in Africa plastic bags have created enormous problems for rural and urban communities, but now it tries to run for recover, trying to block a settlement made of plastic and waste.
One of the most widespread iniziative across the continent, there are total bans, high taxes on plastic bags, environmental policies based on recycling and eco-fashion and petitions on social networks, like Facebook.
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