WomenCraft is a communty-driven social enterprise working with over 300 women artisans in the tri-border area of Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi to design, produce and export a distinctive line of handwoven home décor items. WomenCraft’s unique product collections are made from natural, indigenous materials and fuse traditional weaving techniques with a modern aesthetic to create high-quality basketry.
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.
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.
Responding to the ongoing refugee crisis in Burundi, WomenCraft is currently partnering with UNHCR to create a new product collection made by Burundian refugee artisans in the Mtendeli Camp in Northwest Tanzania. Through WomenCraft, refugee artisans gain access to premium international markets, generating reliable incomes which strengthen refugee resilience and restore their sense of self-determination.
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