Elgin, IL (PRWEB) November 7, 2007
Traditional handmade kuba cloth is both a renewable resource and beautiful, and the kuba cloth home décor products featured on Haba Na Haba's e-commerce website help AIDS orphaned teens, too. Haba Na Haba has expanded its kuba cloth line available for the holidays to include full kuba cloths and four sizes of pillow covers. Haba Na Haba and their Tanzanian partners are helping support Congolese families by purchasing their traditional kuba cloth. Kuba fabric is handmade of raffia and dyed naturally by the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The tufted woven kuba, called shoowa, may take a month to make. Used for ceremonies, the cloth is often embellished with shells, colorful patches and embroidery. Kuba features a wide variety of traditional abstract designs that have for years influenced the artwork of artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee and are a favorite of collectors throughout the world. Prices of the kuba items start at $74.95, with part of the proceeds donated to the Green Door Orphanage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
This home decor line features traditional new and vintage Kuba ceremonial cloth handwoven by people escaping from the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and sold by crossing the border into Tanzania. Haba Na Haba's manufacturing partner in Tanzania has supported these Congolese women by purchasing the Kuba cloth and honoring them by creating beautiful home décor items. The Congolese travel through dangerous areas of eastern Congo and cross the Tanzanian border to sell their wares. Large areas of the eastern region of the Congo are still under control of corrupt military units and rebel factions who have conducted widespread rapes and murders of the Congolese people. According to UNICEF, there are estimated to be over 600,000 AIDS orphans in the Congo today.
"Haba na haba, hujaza kibaba" is a Swahili proverb that translates to "Little by little, fills the pot." Haba Na Haba's mission is to help empower at-risk teen AIDS orphans, one by one, to learn trade skills in hopes of becoming self-supporting and lead healthy, productive and happy lives. Founded by Beth Peterson in 2005, Haba Na Haba supports companies that offer training and jobs to these young adults in an effort to break the poverty cycle and provide a future for orphaned teens of whom would otherwise have little hope for a prosperous future. To qualify as a trading partner, these Tanzanian companies must offer young adult AIDS orphans training of trade skills, pay fair wages, and not exploit child labor.
Haba Na Haba will continually feature on their website new types and styles of Tanzanian products from like-minded manufacturers. In addition to supporting existing businesses with this business model, Haba Na Haba also directly trains young adults in trade and business skills and donates part of its profits to support other AIDS orphan and AIDS health programs in Tanzania.
Haba Na Haba contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-439-9375.
Media contact: Beth Peterson at 847-931-9375 or 888-439-9375 or beth(at)petersonmktg.com .