August 15, 2016
Meet Josepha: weaver, mother, entrepreneur, and one of our newest artisan partners in Rwanda! Josepha is the amazing talent behind several woven items on our line, including our mini raffia tassel peace baskets, back-to-basics peace basket collection, and more.Before partnering with Indego, Josepha used to work by herself. Struggling to earn enough income to support herself and her seven children, she often resorted to peddling her products on the street—something which, on more than one occasion, got her into trouble with the police.
Josepha began partnering with Indego Africa in late 2015 in the hopes of getting consistent orders for her products and building her own artisan cooperative.
Today, she employs 10 other women and is thrilled about the direction her business is taking. She feels happy walking into work every morning knowing that she is earning a steady income and that people around the world are interested in her products! For many of our artisan partners, it is a source of immense pride to be able to sell their products internationally and to create truly beautiful pieces for a global audience.
I like making Indego Africa products very much because the products are so nice, and I love the designs. Making those products allows me to learn new skills and means I earn more money, which was not easy for me in the past. Indego has allowed me to stop selling goods on the streets and open my own business.
Josepha and her co-workers are happy to be able to earn consistent, dependable income from Indego Africa orders—to be able to look towards and plan for the future, rather than living day-to-day. Being able to provide and care for their families gives many of our artisan partners a feeling of empowerment, both in their households and in their everyday lives. Josepha said:
Being empowered to me means having the ability to provide for my family and myself without having to ask my husband. I earn an income and can pay for my children’s school fees—I can feed them, clothe them and even afford health insurance.
We are thrilled to be able to work with talented, determined artisans like Josepha who are using their new opportunities to uplift their families and provide opportunities for other women to work and earn income as well. We can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!
To shop Josepha’s beautiful, handwoven products, click here.