Women Artisan Cooperatives in Niger

by Rain for the Sahel and Sahara
Apr 7, 2011

New Cooperative in Agadez!

Cool Water Co-Op: Purses
Cool Water Co-Op: Purses

RAIN, in partnership with ten Tuareg women from Agadez,  has created a new artisan cooperative:  Aman Sanodnan, or "Cool Water."  From a Tuareg proverb - one walks in the hot desert searching for water, always disappointed, but you must go on – you are about to give up, when you come upon a well. And the water is cool and good.  At last your work is rewarded, you have come in from the hot sun and found the shade.  The women chose this name to signify that after much hard work with little reward, they have found the cool water of RAIN. 

These highly skilled artisans are working with locally produced leather to make purses, cell phone cases, ceremonial wallets, and traditional Tuareg tassels, which adorn their camel saddles.  RAIN is waiting eagerly for the new items to arrive, so we can introduce them to the U.S., and so that our friends here can have a little piece of Niger.

Also in Agadez, the Wodaabe women of the MCV embroidery cooperative are hard at work creating beautiful tote bags and purses.  They are now working with an established woman tailor, making it truly an all-woman enterprise.  The new tailor has many new design ideas for the group. The finished pieces will not only go to be sold in the U.S., but with the help of RAIN staff, be sold in markets in Niger, as well.

The investment you've made in these women continues to grow as they "learn and earn," for their children and community..... we'll let you know when their items are available for sale and keep you updated on their progress.

Cool Water Co-Op: Ceremonial Wallets
Cool Water Co-Op: Ceremonial Wallets
Cool Water Co-Op: Phone Cases
Cool Water Co-Op: Phone Cases
MCV Co-Op: Tote Bags
MCV Co-Op: Tote Bags
Oumou Ama: Cool Water Co-Op
Oumou Ama: Cool Water Co-Op
Hadiza Gado: Cool Water Co-Op
Hadiza Gado: Cool Water Co-Op



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Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

Location: Portsmouth, New Hampshire - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.rain4sahara.org
Project Leader:
Whitney Fleming
Manager Communications & Projects
Portsmouth, NH Niger

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