Tintsaba was founded by Sheila Freemantle in 1985, her focus was on how she could help the women of rural Swaziland take charge of their lives and become independent. Starting with only 12 local women, Sheila's guidance, dedication and innovativeness brought Tintsaba to what it is today. These qualities ushered Tintsaba in to become renown for refined, high quality sisal basketry weaving, and has been recognised as an industry leader and awarded repeatedly over the years.
Since inception Tintsaba has endeavored to create a workplace that helps our women grow and develop themselves. Through various courses and workshops ranging in a variety of subjects such as leadership, skill-set development, training, environmental awareness and women's health. We pride ourselves on encouraging an holistic approach to not only our work but also in our daily lives.
Unfortunately, our founder Sheila Freemantle, passed away in 2012. But together and with the dedication of her husband, Richard, the Tintsaba team is able to continue in her memory. We strive to uphold the ideals that Sheila built Tintsaba around; excellence, team work, commitment to the earth and the holistic well-being of our groups.
Over the last 30 years Tintsaba has trained and worked with over 1000 women in rural Swaziland. Invoking the passion that Sheila had, we are dedicated to creating the highest quality hand woven sisal products. The future for Tintsaba and Swazi women is one of independence, strength of self and to lead by example within our communities.
Together we can weave a better life.
• Established in 1985
• Over 1000 rural Swazi women trained in 30 years
• Have 20 Master Weavers
• Work with 26 women's groups across Swaziland
• In 2016, we exported over 70,000 units all over the world