Mamafrica Designs is raising money to purchase an industrial sewing machine that will allow us to make leather goods in our workshop, in Democratic Republic of Congo. We work in a region where 85% of the women are unemployment. We create employment by making fair trade, handmade clothing and accessories. With the industrial sewing machine we can start to make leather gifts for the community and abroad.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
After fleeing to Bukavu, these women at Mamafrica ended up in an area where the unemployment rate for females is 85%. Most of them held the equivalent of a second grade education and survived by subsistence farming. Many women were selling local produce on the side of dirt roads making less than one dollar per day.
How will this project solve this problem?
Each product is handmade and unique because the women are taking pride in the pieces that they are creating. The fabric that is used in all of our products (kitenge) is representative of the vibrant and joyful spirit that I witness in these women every day. The women of Mamafrica are now able to come to work every day as local artisans and create a piece of art that others will value. Because they are paid a fair wage these women are in turn able to feed their children and send them to school.
Potential Long Term Impact
As a grassroots organization our impact is widespread in the community. When putting together the model of Mamafrica, we wanted our impact to stretch beyond the women; we refer to this as generational change. Meaning that with a secure income, these women are able to educate their children regardless of gender because in a country where 75% of the population is under the age of 18, the children will be the only ones who can change the current state of things in Congo.
Total Funding Received to Date: $100
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,900
Total Funding Goal: $5,000