WomenCraft is a social enterprise and a member of World Fair Trade Organization working with more than 300 artisans in 17 villages in the tri-border region of Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda. WomenCraft consists of 24 artisan groups, which include former refugee women, survivors of genocide and HIV-positive artisans. Many of these displaced artisans have been living in refugee camps for decades.
Several of the women were once struggling subsistence farmers. And many of the artisans have taken up the responsibility of caring for HIV orphans, the surviving children of extended family members who lost their battle to AIDS. With WomenCraft, the artisans can increase their crop yield while having a work-family life balance, send their children to school, and provide better nutrition and healthcare.
The organization’s Social Impact Assessment found that 81 percent of artisans started new business ventures using their weaving income and 82 percent reported improved equality and respect with their spouses. The positive impacts of a sustainable income expand to families and entire communities. We are very proud to partner with such an effective social enterprise offering beautiful handmade home décor.