Meet our artisan partners
"You're master of what you've lived, artisan at what you're living..."
Out partners across the hills of Rwanda are groups of rural artisans who work to bring hope to their families through skillfully handcrafted goods. Azizi Life partners with over 30 independent groups, each artisan cooperative specializes in handcrafting products using specific techniques and raw materials. In addition to opening economic opportunity through fair trade, Azizi Life invests in a range of community impact projects, facilitating adult literacy classes, and offers other practical resources for personal, spiritual, and economic
Our partners in the north part of Zimbabwe are the Tonga people, an ethnic group of 300,000 people, who are famous for their Tonga baskets. We work with their collective center, which also helps them with farming, honey production, nutrition gardens, savings and lending clubs, health sensitization projects among other initiatives.“It is also about community development because we want our empowered members to live in empowered communities” one member says.
Our partners in Vietnam are artisans who work mainly with bamboo and ratan plants, mostly farmers who make their products in their homes, with family members - therefore they are free to work in the fields or their homes depends on their decision. Designing with Rattan and Bamboo - they are concerned about protecting the environment, working only with biodegradable and natural materials, and trying to minimize and optimize production processes and water waste.
Our Artisan Partners in Bali, an island in Indonesia, design and produce their products as part of a long time tradition that passes from generation to generation. They earn a fair wage for their intricate work, have access to life-changing services including soft loans, sanitary plumbing, farming support, and even access to cows that help agriculture thrive.
Fans of Bolgatanga
Our partners in Ghana are based in Bolgatanga, a historic, small town in the northern region of Ghana, West Africa. The artisans arrive at the compound every day by dozens, sometimes hundreds, of weavers—men, women, and students. Besides building an infrastructure of the work environment and our partners help the artisans with training, education, and practice the principles of Fair Trade.
The Master Weavers
Our partners in Eswatini are from a rural part of the country, known for its refined sisal basketry technique and quality jewelry making. The collective encourages both personal and professional growth, offering various courses and workshops ranging in a variety of subjects such as; leadership, skill-set development, environmental awareness, and women's health. To date, the collective has trained and worked with over 1 400 women in rural Eswatini.