The Wider Team
Developing a new logo, corporate and packaging design has involved a wide range of suppliers and services. We would like to pay tribute to many of those (both new to us and those we have worked with for a long time) who have gone that extra mile to help Swazi Secrets succeed and shown a great commitment to the work that we are doing with rural Swazi women.
Aleta Armstrong has been the artistic dynamo behind the whole package, not only providing the concepts and designs but working tirelessly to capture the essence of a truly natural Swazi product.
Kate Braun (www.kbraunweb.com) has taken on the development of this website as if it were her own and continues to help us in continually improving it. She also worked with Aleta to take the designs from art to label.
John Knowlton of Cosmetic Solutions has provided leading edge natural cosmetic formulation services at prices we could afford while John Hopkins of Innovant Research in the UK has played the same role in conducting safety assessments on the products.
Barry Skjoldhammer and his team at Labelpak have spent hours with us, way beyond normal commercial considerations, in making sure that our labelling was exactly what we needed. Shaun Olwage at Castle Graphics was wonderfully enthusiastic in helping us to get our soap boxes right, while Jan Marais at JFM Consulting also went to great lengths to ensure that his labelling machine would be exactly right for what we needed. Andries and his team at Ingenior helped us greatly by designing a tube sealing machine specific to our needs.
Meanwhile, Tom McMurtrie has taken to heart the issue of designing a low cost marula nut cracker to help our rural suppliers meet the challenge of competing with factory cracking. His design and prototypes, supplied free of charge, are now in production for use during the 2010 season.
Ruth Buck of the Foresters Arms and Patrick Ward of the Mountain Inn have long been not only great customers for our hotel products but also excellent ambassadors as they enthuse their guests from around the world about Swazi Secrets.
None of it would have been possible without the continuing generous support of our two main donors, the WK Kellogg Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme. We are well on our way to giving them the best return of all - seeing SIP progress to the point of financial independence.
Finally, the other 2,600 members of our wider team certainly do not have websites to link to ：C they are the unsung heroes who do the hard work of harvesting and cracking the nuts, without whom there would be no Swazi Secrets.