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Meet the Artisans

Dsenyo works with groups of artisans in areas where economic opportunities are challenging and job opportunities are either scarce or nonexistent.​

Vipambi Women's Group (Malawi)

Vipambi Women’s group is a sewing cooperative with a mission to train women in business and sewing skills enabling them to become more successful. The majority of women working at Vipambi have begun their own tailoring businesses, and many have used earnings to send their children to the university. As one woman shared, “In only 3 months I’ve done a lot. I used the money as capital for my business. It was down but now it’s up. I also used some money to send my son to Dowa College; he’s at a teacher-training program for 3 years.”

 

Mwayiwathu Women's Group (Malawi)

This group is comprised of 17 members, primarily women, who have been afflicted by AIDS (either personally or within their family). Just over one third of the women are widows who have lost their husbands to the virus. Widowhood, in Malawi, often leaves women economically disempowered and socially excluded. Mwayiwathu creates opportunities for change. The women in this group use their wages to send their kids to school, pay for transportation to receive their ARVs from the hospital, make home improvements and invest in side-business ventures.

 

Mulberry Mongoose (Zambia)

Mulberry Mongoose is an artisan initiative in the South Luangwa Valley. Located in a rural area, these artisans design and craft jewelry inspired by the African bush. They use locally and ethically sourced materials such as tagua, semi-precious stones, wooden debris and collected snare wires. Mulberry Mongoose is committed to giving back to the community and supporting conservation efforts. For every piece of snare wire jewelry sold, a $5 donation is made to nonprofits focused on wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts

Segue o Seco (Brazil)

Segue o Seco (Brazil) is a cooperative of artisans in northeastern Brazil. Sustainability is central to their mission, and they use materials and processes that have minimal environmental impact. All items in the Brazil collection are made with sustainably harvested Buriti palm fiber. This fiber is hand-dyed with natural dyes and then woven or crocheted. More on our blog.

Umoja Cards (Malawi)

Umoja Cards is an income-generating project for people with disabilities at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi - refugees primarily from Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Ethiopia. This group makes greeting cards from recycled paper and bright, colorful African fabrics, some of which are repurposed scrap fabric from Dsenyo’s textile products. As one woman shared with us “All the family is proud of my work with this group. Before I felt a lot of shame because my children would ask for things like soap and I couldn't provide it… I hope the project progresses and my family would be living in good condition.”