Have you ever thought when shopping for your souveniers on tour where they come from? Are they mass factory produced and not the real deal, or are the artists getting the right monies for their goods? Acacia Africa likes to support local initiatives in the communities we visit in order to build a substainable future for artisans and their families. If you’re headed to Zanzibar and have a handbag fetish, or need a quality gift to take home, check our FAHARI which is close to Africa House on Kenyatta Road.
FAHARI was started by Julie Lawrence, internationally renowned designer, and offers free training to Zanzibari women in handcrafts. Its purpose is to provide a sustainable livelihood, primarily to women, through training in the design and production of quality handcraft products leading to sales and income. So far 54 women from 6 groups around the island have already received free training and their lives, and that of their families, radically improved financially. Out of the women initially trained, 17 have been promoted and are working at Fahari full time, learning new skills as a move up from their technical training – design, production management, pricing and costing, book keeping. They, in turn, will now be involved in the training of 20 new students from the disabled sector, and later on the training of youth graduating from SOS village orphanage. In this way, they will also become mentors and, inspire newcomers, grow in self-confidence themselves and eventually be able to run the organization.
All products at Fahari are made to international standards of both design and manufacture but produced entirely from Tanzanian materials to benefit the local economy – bags and accessories are skillfully created from local hand dyed and plaited palm leaf, colorful African kitenges and safari tenting canvas combined with local leathers, and the jewelry is beautifully hand-crafted from locally farmed Zanzibar oyster shell or local cow horn, which is hand polished, carved and combined with precious metals and Tanzanian gemstones.
Visit the Fahari workshop where you can watch bags, jewelry and other accessories being skillfully manufactured. By buying from them, you will be receiving an exceptional, original product whilst supporting local women build a sustainable future.
If on the Island, pop in and have a look and support this amazing project at 62, Kenyatta Road. Stone Town, Zanzibar or hop on line to see their amazing range at: http://www.fahari-zanzibar.com/
Happy Shopping on Zanzibar!