Women & Youth Empowerment

Afrikan Wear Design

The Project

Afrikan Wear Design was founded by Marilyn Hokororo in 2009 to enable vulnerable members of the community to earn a fair income. The project manufactures products such as shawls, carpets, blankets, necklaces, belts, bracelets, earrings, and key chains. Approximately half of the employees are female, mostly single mothers who struggle to provide for their children. On average, women in Tanzania have five children, and providing for them without a partner is extremely difficult. Single mothers face a lot of challenges including patriarchal stereotypes that women are weak or inferior, which makes it hard for them to find a job. Afrikan Wear Design wants to help these women believe in themselves and their abilities, and provide them with the opportunity to take care of their children and earn an income.

Afrikan Wear Design products

Your Work


The working hours are flexible. Lunch is provided.

Daily activities include:

– making beaded jewellery
– marketing
– visiting hotels and other businesses to promote sales
– planning exhibitions at fairs to advertise Afrikan Wear products
– product development
– English lessons
– computer lessons
– helping with website development and social media pages
– caring for the children of the employees

Sometimes Afrikan Wear Design will get a large order from overseas, then you can help manage the order and make sure that everything is produced correctly and within the given time frame.

No previous experience necessary

It is important that you are creative, open minded and enthusiastic for this project. Previous experience is not necessary. However, those with training in marketing and product development are favoured. Afrikan Wear Design welcomes all volunteers and appreciates their ideas and support.


This project is located 10kms (6.2miles) from the hostel and can be reached by public transport.

Viva Tanzania also has Afrikan Wear Design products for sale in the shop at the volunteer house.

“I volunteered in Afrikan Wear Design through Viva Tanzania for 3 months. I found my experience there fascinating. I had a main job during the week but nevertheless, I was looking for a volunteering experience too for the weekends. Tizia figured it out quickly, putted me in contact with Justin and Marilyn and did all the proper arrangements. My main tasks were to bring ideas about advertising, marketing, selling and made them come true. I got so involved in the project that even during my job’s lunch break during the week, I would go with Justin and Marilyn to keep helping and even share a delicious meal. What I enjoyed the most during my volunteering was learning a lot about Tanzanian culture during the meetings with Justin. A typical day would consist in working with my laptop at Justin’s office regarding product description, preparing the launch of a proper website, making calls and bringing clients to the business, learning how every product is created, planning wardrobe collections and even modelling for photo shoots with their products! At the end of each day, Justin was so kind to provide and pay for my transport back to the hostel. They are true statements of entrepreneurship and creativity and this experience with them made me realize that everyone has an entrepreneur inside ready to be successfully developed. No matter your profession (I am about to become a lawyer), this place is excellent to make a difference and even develop useful skills like talking to clients, management, accountability, and creativity.”

Jörg, 24, Germany

Project price

2 weeks: 500€
3 weeks: 650€
4 weeks: 800€
Every additional week: 150€


You can choose between a single room or four-bed room in the hostel and a host family.

Project length

The minimum stay is two weeks. Due to visa regulations you can spend a maximum of two years as a volunteer in Tanzania.

Let your adventure to start

Book your place now

Are you interested in the project? Fill out the registration form and we will start planning your stay.
Start your volunteering experience in Tanzania and get the lifetime experience!