Neema Crafts creates lovely handmade products with a unique and fashionable design. Their collection includes notebooks made of recycled paper, clutches and toiletry bags, cushion covers, items carved in the Zanzibari style, lamp bases, jewelry and lampshades. All products are produced in their workshop in Iringa by local artisans with physical disabilities.
Disabled persons are regarded as a burden in Tanzanian society and have little chance to escape a life of dependency, isolation and begging. Neema’s objective to empower the lives of people with disabilities in Tanzania through handicrafts, training and employment has led them to train and employ people as carpenters, ceramicists, tailors, chefs, paper-makers and entrepreneurs starting their own businesses.
Their success speaks for them – in the years Neema has been operating, the attitudes and the perception of local people towards people with disabilities has positively changed. With the income generated through the profits from the product sales, the employees with disabilities get access to a good salary which raises their standard of living significantly and enables them to send their children to school.
Neema also supports their employees with medical treatment and has set up a mobility scheme via bicycles, tricycles or wheelchairs in order for them to get to work.
Products available at:
- Kumi in Stone Town