We design for sustainable change and social impact, creating responsible and thoughtful products by transforming discarded waste magazines into original accessories and interiors. Based in Swaziland, all our products are hand made by local women, empowering them through skill sharing and a living wage. We believe that craftsmanship and ethical production could prove to be a vital economic sector for Africa. We want to change the perception of recycled materials by developing innovative techniques combined with locally sourced environmentally friendly or recycled materials.
A founding member of SWIFT, Swaziland fair trade, we are an active advocate for fair trade principles.
Quazi Design was started in 2009 in order to create much needed employment in Swaziland, Southern Africa. We started with the concept of a simple rolled paper bead earring displayed on a card, employing one artisan, believing in the potential to have a positive impact. It is a partnership between Doron, who is the creative and managing director, the force behind the business, and the local magazine distributors.
Our workshop is situated in Sidwashini, in the industrial area of Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland. Our woman artisans are employed full time with permanent contracts, giving them job security and a living wage. Most of our artisans were previously unemployed, and on average each has 7 dependents.