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Income Generation

Wola Nani Craft project emerged in response to the need for unemployed, HIV positive woman to generate an income as early as 1994. Through a developmental, self help approach the project’s members have been able to take greater control of their lives and achieve a better quality of live.

We recruit the crafters from unemployed people living with HIV and AIDS from our support groups, run at our satellite offices in the townships or from the clinics we are based at. The criteria we use for selection is regular attendance of the support group, none or very little financial income in the family, a desire to produce craft and an ability to produce craft up the required standard after undergoing training.


For over seven years Wola Nani has partnered the Medical team at the Infectious Diseases Unit (IDC) at Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital. In this regard we have been the trail blazer with regard to the counselling and support of caregivers and children infected with HIV. We currently have 5 lay counsellors based at the IDC unit of Red Cross.

Wola Nani also has a long-standing partnership with the Provincial Department of Health which places our counsellors at clinics in the Cape Town Metro Region. Our counsellors form an integral part of the team focusing on managed care through pre and post test HIV counseling, ARV treatment, literacy and Adherence support. Wola Nani has forged various partnerships through our placement of Lay Counsellors at several health facilities.

Orphans & Other
Vulnerable Children

The fear and discrimination that seem to go hand in hand with HIV further conceal the crisis and mean that many will die behind closed doors. Until communities understand and accept HIV, opportunistic infections brought on by AIDS allow the true impact of the epidemic to be camouflaged and largely invisible. As an NGO volunteer observed, ‘people don't die of AIDS, they are just sick.' People fear the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS and live with the constant threat of discovery and discrimination. Sickness and death are surrounded with secrecy and lies as incomes are lost and they sink deeper into poverty.

The realities and challenges of HIV and AIDS can seem almost too great to bear. Yet the best response to the pandemic comes from people living with the virus. Their involvement and example bring a human face and voice to HIV, breaking through the silence, stigma and denial that shroud the disease.

Research & Training

As a former Researcher with UCT's Child Health and Public Health Units, respectively and associated with Wola Nani since its inception, Dr Des Michaels was approached to develop the first project with which to develop the RTI, namely the very necessary “task shifting” in the Public Health Sector that would allow lay counselors to relieve the pressure experienced by the medical staff by performing the Rapid Finger Prick Test for HIV for patients accessing this service in the public health system.