Women Artisan Cooperatives in Niger

$1,185 $3,815
Raised Remaining


RAIN's Artisan Cooperatives are unique - talented and dedicated nomadic women use their skills to create livelihoods, giving 50% of profits to their children's schools.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

As traditional herding becomes no longer enough as a sole livelihood, nomadic people need alternative ways to support their families and schools, where their children must live to attend. Women especially need income generating activities, as they are often left to keep their families going on their own by husbands seeking work elsewhere.

How will this project solve this problem?

Artisan cooperatives provide a way for women to draw upon their rich heritage that generates income and preserves nomadic culture. RAIN provides seed money, skills training, design and marketing consultation, and marketing opportunities in both Niger and the U.S. The women develop and hone their skills to bring all their earnings together and designate funding, such as medicines, food and uniforms for students. Vulnerability is transformed into empowerment, increasing community stability.

Potential Long Term Impact

An average of 10-25 women in each cooperative gain increased economic independence with new income, drastically increasing food security. With school support, nomadic children are able to stay in school, raising the value of education community wide. The younger generation becomes interested in traditional crafts as a means for income and promoting their traditions. Consumers in the U.S. are introduced to remote culture and awareness is raised.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,185

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,185 .  The original project funding goal was $5,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Whitney Fleming

Manager Communications & Projects
Portsmouth, NH Niger

Where is this project located?

Map of Women Artisan Cooperatives in Niger