WomenCraft Social Enterprise
WomenCraft is a community-driven social enterprise operating from Ngara, Tanzania. WomenCraft’s mission is to increase economic opportunity in the post-conflict tri-border area of Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi by bringing rural women together, facilitating their growth and connecting their artistry to the global marketplace. Through WomenCraft, over 300 artisans advance themselves, raise stronger families, stimulate their communities and inspire the world around them.
WomenCraft began in August 2007 as a socially-responsible enterprise operating as an Implementing Partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). WomenCraft creates cross-border unity by partnering rural Tanzanian women with Rwandan and Burundian refugee women have recently returned to their countries to rebuild their lives.
Artisan-powered. Artisans are the driving force behind WomenCraft and the reason WomenCraft 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 and is a proud member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). WomenCraft is designed so that any profit from our sales is utilized for Social Impact projects, which benefit the artisans, their families and their larger communities.
Ethical. Our natural, hand-made products preserve cultural traditions as well as the local environment. The grasses and banana stalk used in production are sustainable and cultivated locally and 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 products that are functional and beautiful.
Peace-Centered. 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.