A few information about
This project, which focuses on empowerment, was founded by Marilyn Hokororo in 2009, with about half of the employees being female. Their desire is to combine Tanzanian Fashion with a good cause: the ability to earn a living and financially support their families. As of today they manufacture shawls, carpets, blankets, necklaces, belts, bracelets, earrings, key chains and plenty of other goods to ensure a fair income for the women and men in the community. Almost all of the women in this project are single mothers who are struggling to provide for their children. Their husbands may have sadly passed away, left or are unable/uninterested in caring for their families. Single mothers in Tanzania face a lot of challenges and often suffer from patriarchal stereotypes such as women being inferior or weak, which often makes it hard for them to find a job. On average, women in Tanzania have five children and providing for them with a partner is hard enough, let alone being a single mother. Afrikan Wear Design wanted to step in and help women believe in themselves and their abilities as well as providing the opportunity to take care of their children and earn an income.
As well as supporting this project with our volunteers, Viva Tanzania also offers their amazing products in the shop at the volunteer house.