Indego Africa is an initiative that provides opportunities for women in difficult circumstances so they provide their families’ with their basic needs, and to also gain skills that can enhance potential for the long-term earning. It specifically empowers women in Rwanda by providing access to fair trade export markets with long-term skills training.
Their focus is to empower women to:
- GENERATE SUSTAINABLE INCOME.
- LEVERAGE VALUABLE LONG-TERM SKILLS.
- RUN PROFITABLE EXPORT BUSINESSES.
- FEEL HOPEFUL AND CONFIDENT.
Indego Africa re-defines an outdated handicraft model of economic development to unleash the power of women entrepreneurs in Africa.
Indego Africa do this through various things as seen in the diagram above. But they also produce fair trade product such as the Market Tote Bag below. These bags are hand-crafted on foot-powered sewing machines from traditional African prints Dutch Wax cloth, by the amazing women at Cocoki cooperative in Rwanda.Market Tote Bags – $36.00
100% of profits are returned to the artisans for training in long-term skills and Indego Africa are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation, with practices which have been thoroughly vetted with their high standard for the handicraft industry and have received their membership which is reserved only for organizations that demonstrate a commitment to the long-term development of their artisan partners. So it is a great move for Adirée (the organisation behind Africa Fashion Week New York) to donate a space to Indego Africa at their vendor exhibition this July. Indego Africa will be showcasing bags, jewelry and other new accessories.