"Be part of the story" as you buy imaginative products made by artisans with disabilities in Tanzania
Originally founded by Susie Hart, a CMS mission partner, with the local church in Iringa, central Tanzania, Neema Crafts is now a thriving centre, employing over 100 local people – all deaf or disabled.
Neema specialises in original, contemporary African crafts. Using recycled and natural materials, their growing product range now includes textiles from scarves to cushion covers to stylish bags. Unique jewellery and beadwork, and of course their famous handmade paper items made from natural fibres – including maize husks, pineapple leaves and even elephant dung!
Currently managed by CMS mission partners Ben and Katy Ray, Neema is changing negative attitudes towards people with disabilities in the local society. There’s a great stigma attached to having a disability in Tanzania, and the centre provides dignity and hope for many people who previously relied on street begging or were hidden away at home.