Batsiranai Group of Zimbabwe
Batsiranai is a non-profit organization registered with the government of Zimbabwe as a co-operative of artisan women.
Shunned by their families and community for giving birth to disabled children, these women faced extreme poverty. Rather than give up, they chose to help one another find a way to provide for their children. Now 100 women strong, the group sews and embroiders products to make a living through international sales.
They named their group “Batsiranai” which means “helping each other” in Shona, the local language. When Batsiranai began, these families were underfed and hungry. Now they say “Batsiranai has made us FAT AND FATTER!"