TOURISTS have not visited many parts of the country, especially the Kunene region, due to the state of emergency in the country, and the crafts industry there is in dire need of a lifeline.
The representative of the craft vendors in Kunene south, Soul Uwiteb, said during the lockdown, most craftsmen stopped selling their wares on the local market.
“The market closed. We depend on crafts. We make crafts from the mopani tree that is abundant in our region, and I used to make enough money to provide for myself and my two children, but now there are no tourists to sell my crafts to, so I keep them at home for interested locals,” he said.
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