Arts for Africa works in the north of Botswana, in a region where an estimated 30% of the population lives below the poverty line. Basketry continues to play a central role in sustaining households but unrelenting poverty due to drought, disease and isolation threatens these communities more than ever before.
The Crafthood programme was launched by Travel for Impact with seed funding from Southern African Regional Environmental Program (SAREP) and is now jointly coordinated with Arts for Africa in a united effort to create a centralized marketing and sales platform for basket weavers along the fringes of the Okavango Delta. The aim is to support the weavers (and their families) in establishing independent, sustainable livelihoods. Through the Crafthood programme, we have established close ties with 5 weaver groups and hundreds of affiliated crafters in a well coordinated effort to stimulate responsible trade of their products.