Dsenyo Fair Trade Crowdfunding Campaign for Sustainability and Growth
Dsenyo joined Artizan Made, our sister site, in February of 2014 and then TAFA in August of 2014 and it has been a pleasure to get to know founder Marissa Perry Saints (pictured above with artisan partners in Zambia) and watch her implement her vision for the work Dsenyo does in Malawi, Brazil and Zambia. Dsenyo’s mission as a social enterprise is to empower and employ women and artisans through craft production. Their choices also reflect a commitment to the environment, anti-poaching, and cultural sensitivity.
-Rachel Biel, TAFA Founder
Dsenyo works to create sustainable jobs for women and artisans in communities where opportunities are scarce or simply nonexistent. We also commit to offering our customers high-quality, unique and marketable fair trade gifts and ethical fashion items.
Dsenyo has been growing steadily, but has reached a financial barrier with insufficient cash flow to place orders for the 2016 season. They are running a crowdfunding campaign (with lots of great perks!) on IndieGoGo’s Generosity platform to raise funds to stabilize this next phase of their growth. Marissa explains where Dsenyo is at and why they need this support in this video:
Fanny Maulana is an artisan partner with Dsenyo an artisan enterprise supporting families affected by HIV in Malawi. When Fanny started working here, she did not have any knowledge of craftwork. Now, she has become an expert at making Dsenyo Little Friends toys and flower clips. Her income is almost double that of a teacher’s salary through her craftwork and grocery business.
Fanny is married with four children. She works hard to send them all to school and to provide enough food for them. Food insecurity is a common problem faced by many people in Malawi, but Fanny works to feed her children three meals per day and does not have to purchase vegetables because she grows enough in her garden. Despite the current maize shortage in Malawi, she has maize stored at home to ensure that her children will not go hungry.
Fair trade is an important model for empowering women like Fanny to achieve their dreams and improve their family’s livelihood. She told us, “I was raised as an orphan so never went to school, but through Dsenyo I am about to learn skills and make money.” She has invested her earnings into purchasing goats to raise and sell, and has opened a grocery truck stall with her husband. She is proud of her skills, and hopes to learn more business and financial management. She sees a bright future and wants customers to know she is happy!
You can support Fanny and the other 120 women and artisans we partner with by purchasing gifts from Dsenyo’s collection of fair trade jewelry, toys, apparel and more. Use your spending to help build a better world!
Not looking for gifts? Please consider contributing to our crowdfunding campaign.
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