WomenCraft is a community-driven social enterprise that designs, produces and exports hand-woven home décor items made from natural fibers and vibrant fabrics of East Africa.
Operating from Ngara, Tanzania, within the post-conflict tri-border area of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania, WomenCraft employs more than 300 rural East African women, who express their culture and talents to create products that are beautiful, functional, and durable. Our artisans advance themselves, raise stronger families, stimulate their local economies and inspire the world around them.
WomenCraft’s mission is to increase economic opportunity in the post-conflict, refugee-impacted area of Northwestern Tanzania by bringing rural women together through a social enterprise, facilitating their growth and connecting their artistry to the global marketplace. Here are the principles that guide our mission every day:
Artisan-powered. Artisans are the driving force behind WomenCraft and the ultimate reason it exists. As artisan leaders gain skills, knowledge and economic independence, they assume greater levels of responsibility in the enterprise. Ultimately, WomenCraft aims to be completely artisan-owned and operated.
Fair. WomenCraft is a social enterprise operating under fair-trade principles. WomenCraft goes beyond fair trade wage scales to pay its artisans livable wages. WomenCraft is designed so that any profit from our sales is utilized for Social Impact projects, which benefit the artisans, their families and the communities in which they live.
Ethical. Our natural, hand-made products preserve cultural traditions and the local environment. The grasses and banana stalk used in production are cultivated locally; the fabrics are purchased in the local markets. WomenCraft revives the importance of basket weaving in the area by enabling women to pass on the basket weaving tradition to their daughters as an income generating opportunity.
Market-Driven. WomenCraft’s business model and product line are based on the results of a market feasibility study. We design, produce, market, and deliver high-quality, ethically made products that are functional and beautiful.
Peace-Centered. Rural women from three countries work as one organization with one common goal. These relationships reduce tensions between former refugees and refugee-hosting communities and build unity in a post-conflict region.