Timbali Purse MarketPlace


This is Lindiwe, one of 90 Swazi women who make Timbali Crafts



The women who create Timbali Crafts are all volunteer cooks at care points for orphans
and vulnerable children in the rural Swaziland communities of Engculwini and Nsoko. The
90 women of Timbali Crafts help feed more than 2600 children each day at 14 different carepoints.
The women themselves face many hardships: most are either widowed or abandoned,
many are single mothers, or grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren. Timbali
Crafts was started in 2006 to help reach out to the physical and spiritual needs of these
hard-working women and their families who would otherwise have little or none.
In a country where 2/3 of the population lives on less an a dollar a day, many of the
Timbali women earn between $70 and $100 a month. Money earned by the Timbali
women goes to help with the basic needs of their families such as school fees, medical
care, food, and housing. The women are also assisted in saving throughout the year, in
preparation for school fees due each January.
Timbali reaches out in emergency situations with food baskets for families who have lost
a loved one, or have a special need, and also medical care when needed.
Timbali Crafts was started out of a weekly Bible study with some of the women, and
pointing them to Jesus continues to be the central goal. The Timbali women take part in
regular Bible studies and also attend a yearly camp, where they can rest, laugh, be
encouraged, and poured into.

Timbali means “flowers” in the local language, Siswatti. It is also the word used to
translate “lilies” in Matthew 6, when Jesus talked about his loving care and provision for His children. Our hope is that God will use Timbali Crafts to help meet the needs of these hardworking women and that it will be a tangible demonstration of His love. 

Please watch the 6 minute video on the Sidebar about Timbali Crafts & the strong, beautiful women who make them.

Meet the Swazi Women Who Make Timbali Crafts


Below you will see a sample of each style I have sold in the past.

You can order online at Timbali Crafts - be sure to check out the newest items that include gorgeous aprons, classy placemats and soon jewelry!

Tote (extra padding & snap)

Modern Across-the-Body Sling

Shoulder Bag (extra padding & snap)

NEW STYLE! Shopping/Carry All Bag

Timbali Coin Purse



Girls Sling/Womens Small Purse

Girls Sling/Women's Small Purse