Indego Africa partners with artisans in Rwanda who make handwoven platters and baskets using raffia: a straw-like fiber that can be stripped from the inside of palm tree leaves. The fibers are found only in a special species of palm tree that grows abundantly across sub-Saharan Africa. The artisans weave the raffia fibers using a needle and thread, creating a range of shapes, designs, and products that look beautiful in natural or hand-dyed tones. Bhavana is honored to support Indego Africa over the years in their work to empower women in Rwanda through economic empowerment and job creation.
|Indego Africa partner artisans have realized substantial gains over the past 10 years.|
|The number of artisans that Indego works with has expanded from below 100 in 2008 to more than 1000 in 2017.|
|1. 98% of Indego’s partners in Rwanda and 82% of their partners in Ghana have health insurance for their entire families.|
|2. 90% of Indego’s partners in Ghana and 56% of their partners in Rwanda have electricity.|
|3. 60% of Indego’s partners in Rwanda and 50% of their partners in Ghana have access to clean water in their homes. In 2016, only 19% of their partners had access to clean water in their homes. That’s over a 200% increase from last year.|
|4. 100% of Indego’s partners in Ghana and 90% of their partners in Rwanda can afford to send all or most of their children to school.|
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