Neema Crafts provides training and employment opportunities for over 120 people with disabilities in the Iringa region of Tanzania. It also aims to change negative attitudes towards people with disabilities in the local society. There's a great stigma attached to having a disability in Tanzania, and the centre provides dignity and hope for many people who previously relied on street begging or were hidden away at home. The centre has eight craft workshop areas, a therapy unit for disabled children, an award winning cafe, a conference centre entirely staffed by deaf people and a welcoming guesthouse jointly run by the local Mother's Union.
Our product of the month is the Block Print Cushion.
In the UK, Neema Crafts has partnered with Good Things to promote many of our crafts.
"Good Things seeks out ethical and sustainable products with positive impact. Like toy boats made entirely from recycled milk bottles, or cards that are changing the lives of orphaned young adults in Rwanda. We champion these suppliers, tell their stories and share their wonderful products. We want to make it easy for you to make choices that are kind to people and the planet."
Learn more about Neema Crafts and how they are transforming the lives of people with disabilities in Tanzania by watching our short video.
See how the centre in Iringa has achieved this by providing training in handicrafts, employment, housing and so much more. Find out how funding like yours can help us to make even more of a difference to their and others lives.