RAIN's Artisan Cooperatives are unique - talented and dedicated illiterate nomadic women use their skills to create livelihoods, giving 50% of profits to their children's schools.
Nomadic children must live at state run boarding schools while their parents search for pasture. These schools are often sorely lacking in food or other other supplies. As a result, many children miss out on education, while increasing pressure on the already strained family resources. The herding way of life is becoming less and less possible, and nomadic people need to develop alternative livelihoods to support their families. Children also need practical skills to help support their families.
Artisan cooperatives were formed as a a way for women to support their children's schools while learning livelihoods that preserve nomadic culture. RAIN provides seed money, skills training, design and marketing consultation for sale in the U.S.
The cooperatives have an average of 10-25 members each, and in each cooperative these women are earning livelihoods and earning substantial income to support their children's schools. Children stay in school, and families see increased food security.
"We want the education we never had for our children, to be teachers and midwives. Our children will leave and come back with the knowledge they have learned to help our communities and teach us all." - Binbiya Marafa, Artisan, Metier Chance Vivre Cooperative, Agadez
Total Funding Received to Date: $485
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,515
Total Funding Goal: $5,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).