our Swaziland Team

Buysile Simelane
Inventory & Order Management

I am a young lady aged 25-years-old.  I come from a family of five where I am the last born from my mother.  I have two sisters and two brothers.

I lost mother nine years back, that is when I was handed to my Uncle and his wife in Mbabane who took care of me until I completed my high school education in 2011.  That is where trouble began when I was to take care of myself without their help.  To God who answers, in the year 2013 I applied to Project Canaan and was employed as a caregiver at the baby home.  Unfortunately, I was pregnant and delivered in February 2014 a baby girl.

By God’s grace, Project Canaan did not abandon me. I got an accommodation for both of us, meaning myself and my baby, and after a month was re-employed at Khutsala Artisans as a jewelry maker. I was able to raise and take care of her with the salary I earned at Khutsala.  Because God’s grace is sufficient I got promoted in April the same year to be a team leader.  Later again in September I was moved to another position as a Jewelry Supervisor.

Project Canaan has been so beneficial to me firstly with the salary I was able to pay for my College studies doing office procedures and administration.    This year, 2016, I will have earned my diploma. I also got married and with the same salary I also cater for the needs of my family.

Hlengiwe Lokokfwako
Jewelry Supervisor

My name is Hlengiwe Lokokfwako and I am 22-years-old.  I live at the Sicalo Lesisha Kibbutz on Project Canaan with my two kids.

I have been working here on Project Canaan for three years now.

I am working at Khutsala Artisan as a Jewelry Supervisor. Project Canaan has helped me in many things like taking my kids to school, giving me shelter and the love they have for me and my kids.

Being here at Project Canaan is God’s plan because if it were not his plan, life would be very bad for me and my kids. As for now I am working and I love my job and with the money I get I can take care of my kids and myself.

Project Canaan is my home and my future.

Janine Maxwell
Co-Founder and COO of Heart for Africa
Operations Manager Khutsala Artisans

At the age of 24 Janine Maxwell founded what would become one of the most successful marketing companies in Canada. For 16 years Janine led Onyx Marketing Group boasting some of the most well known companies in North America.

On 9/11 she found herself a part of thousands fleeing New York City. This life-changing event sent Janine on a search for the meaning of life. Her journey took her to Africa where she encountered the AIDS pandemic, hunger and disease. Janine was stirred by the faces of children, mothers and grandmothers fighting daily for their life. She turned from her boardroom savvy to be the voice sounding an alarm for those too weak to cry for help.  Together Janine and her husband Ian co-founded Heart For Africa, a faith based organization focusing on Hunger, Orphans, Poverty and Education in Swaziland.

Janine is a graduate of Evangel University. She is the author of two books, Is It Okay With You? and It’s Not Okay With Me sold here on our Khutsala Online Store.

Ncamile Patience Dlamini
Production Manager

My name is Ncamile Dlamini. I was born in Gebeni and I am a Swazi by birth and am 20-years old.

I started working on Project Canaan in May 2013 in the farm department.  Project Canaan is a  blessing to me because I am able to feed seven people in my family.  I built a house and put electricity at home with the salary that I get from Project Canaan.

I thank the Almighty God for bringing the Maxwell’s all the way from Canada to Swaziland just to change my life.  I am what I am today because of their great love.  Now I’m working at Khutsala Artisans and my position is being the Production Manager.  I thank God for my new position and I love it, and doing the best I can do in it. 

My biggest dream is to bring Khutsala Artisans to a very high level from what it is today, with the help of the Almighty God.

By the grace of God Project Canaan has sent me to driving school and now I am studying computer at MTDI College in Manzini.  I can now drive a car and I can use a computer with the skills that I have learned.  Thank you so much Project Canaan and Heart for Africa for changing my life and my standard of living. God bless us all.

Nqobile Dlamini
Human Resources

My name is Nqobile Dlamini and I am 35 years old. I was born in Manzini and I am a Swazi by birth.

I lost my mother when I was 9-years-old when she was struck by lightening.  I lost my father when I was 22-years-old when he had a stroke and died.  After the death of my father I was chased away from home I had to go and stay in my Pastors homestead. 

Later I got a job at Project Canaan and it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me.  I am able to pay school fees for my son and feed him.  I am able to feed my Grandmother and buy clothes for them both.  I really thank God for bringing the Maxwell’s to Swaziland because if it wasn’t for them, life would be miserable for me.  Maybe I would be selling my body to feed my son and myself or maybe I would be chasing after Sugar Daddy’s to get money.

God has protected me and I give all the praises to him.  I am looking forward that I will build my homestead with the salary I get from Heart for Africa.  Project Canaan also provided me with accommodation since I had nowhere to live.  In fact, I am at home at Project Canaan. 

I am working at Khutsala Artisans and my position is a Human Resources Supervisor.  I really love my job and I do my best in it.

I'm looking forward that God will keep me at Project Canaan for a long time until Jesus Christ comes back.  May God keep the Maxwell’s forever and bless us all as we bring glory to Him.

Sibongaliphi Manana
Beadcraft supervisor

My name is Sibongaliphi Manana. I am a guy aged 26-years.  I was born 22 September 1989.

I live at Gebeni Community, which is an hour drive from Project Canaan.  I attended my primary school at a nearby school, Gebeni Primary School.  This is where my parents decided that I stop schooling in Grade 5 due to lack of support for my school fees.

I come from a family of 7 children (5 boys and 2 girls) and I am the fourth born.  Both my parents were unemployed, they were only making traditional sandals, which didn’t have a good market.

As I was staying home I started helping my father and when designing the sandals and that is where I got skilled.  Without realizing I was talented, life was hard at home and so I decided to look for a job on the farm at Project Canaan.  Luckily I was employed in July 2013.

I started working on the farm, then later with God’s help, I heard they wanted to start a handcraft center called Khutsala Artisans.  Knowing I was talented, I decided to apply for a job and move from the fields to join the Artisans. From there I was able to help my family with food and paying for my little brothers school fees.  This is where I realized I belong to Khutsala Artisans because I was able to come up with new designs.  This helped me a lot and I was able to build a house for my parents and get electricity.  Before this, we had no electricity at the house. I did not just stop there, I also took some of my salary and attended driving school, and now I have my driver’s license. In conclusion, I give thanks to Project Canaan for the provision of a job, which helped my parents and myself achieve many things.

Management note:

S’bonga is a great blessing to us. He has been working as a Supervisor to the bead team since 2014 and has done an outstanding job in motivating, training, design and production.  He has taken ownership of it and runs his team like it’s his own business.

Wandile Dlamini
QC Supervisor - Materials Distribution

My name is Wandile Dlamini and I am 24 years old.

I started working at Project Canaan on November 2013 whereby I started working on the farm. Working at Khutsala gave me a lot of opportunities and it improves my life because I am living with eight children who don’t have parents and I have to provide for them.

I have benefitted a lot by working at Project Canaan because now I can buy food, clothing and support my family. I am so thankful and grateful for this organization because families in my community are not starving anymore because they now have jobs.  Moreover, Heart for Africa provided training for me to become certified in First Aid so I can help at Khutsala Artisans if there is an emergency. 

Thanks to the Maxwell family for what they have done for me.  I appreciate them.