BEZA Association: Bees wax candles
We partnered with BEZA Association for a week long project in Lalibela, Ethiopia. The aim of the project was to teach BEZA members how to make and sell beeswax candles to generate a modest income for themselves and for the BEZA hardship fund, which provides financial assistance to BEZA members in crisis.
Candle making workshop
The beeswax is sourced locally and is the by-product of Tej, a honey wine made specifically in Ethiopia. The beeswax is then filtered and cleaned, and from this various types of beautiful candles are created.
Shop fit out
In addition to income generation opportunities for BEZA members, the shop will act as an important outlet and connection to the tourist market in Lalibela while also providing a touch point to the local community to show that the BEZA members are able to live positively and productively with HIV/AIDS.
Beza Association secured a shop in a fantastic location close to other popular spots. We used limited materials and tools to create a space that was in keeping with local styles and traditional construction methods.
Each candle has a label which displays the name of the person who produced it.
BEZA Association was established in February 2005 by people living with HIV (PLHIV) in order to support others living with HIV in the community of Lalibela. Too often due to stigma and discrimination, PLHIV are outcast from their families and receive limited financial and social support. The BEZA Association was intiated to provide community care for PLHIV.
Currently, BEZA Association has 1010 members; 378 are women, 212 are men, 120 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and 300 OVCs who are directly affected by HIV.
A total of 32 local volunteers run the association and offer home-based care to other members that are too ill or infirm to care for themselves.