Resilience Through Weaving
The Mtendeli Camp is located in Northwestern Tanzania and hosts over 50,000 Burundian refugees. In total over 400,000 Burundians have fled the country in fear of conflict and persecution. Life in the camp is hard. The food is rationed and often not enough for large families living in makeshift tents. With a lack of income opportunities in and outside of the camp, the refugee artisan initiative is a great way to generate earnings for the roughly 50 female artisans involved with the project.
"I am proud of my weaving and I'm so happy to be leading our group to help artisans grow and produce high quality products."
From Refugee Camp to Global Markets
Burundi has a strong weaving tradition. Esperance was taught traditional weaving techniques by her mother when she was little. She is happy to use these skills to generate income and provide for her family in the camp. She is excited to see her products - woven bowls, seagrass baskets, wall art - sold around the world.