For People and Nature - World Park Congress
Bhekepi Dlamini harvesting common sedge
PROVISION OF LIVELIHOODS
The sustainable use of sedge grasses for weaving allows Ntuli women living around the Mbongolwane wetland, a Ramsar Site in the Republic of South Africa, to earn regular incomes.
Bhekepi Dlamini says her life was very difficult when her husband died a few years ago. But since she started to cut common sedge (Cyperus latifolia) and work with the craft group Thubaleth’elihle (which means "Our good opportunity" in Zulu), she has started to generate her own income by making conference bags from the wetland plants.