Empowerment of Women

Buturi Women are looking for lasting solutions that can empower entrepreneurship and capture new markets abroad. Our artisans are from a poverty-stricken region, needing to combat economic disadvantage as well as AIDS. Buturi Women will be a community-driven enterprise that expresses their talents and cultural creativity to produce products that are durable and versatile. They will design, produce and export handmade beachware, jewelry, basketry, woodcraft, and other handcrafted items of home decor from naturally resourced fabrics and materials. Our natural, hand-made products preserve cultural traditions and the local environment around Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

The majority of the world’s poor have some interaction with markets as producers, workers, traders or consumers. The quality of these interactions on the livelihoods of the poor is crucial as interaction with markets has the potential to stimulate growth and lift families out of poverty. Many companies are now embracing the need for, and the opportunities provided by, adopting new business models, which have social, environmental and economic objectives.

Buturi Women’s arts and craft program will increase opportunities by bringing the community together through social enterprise, facilitating their economic growth in the global market place. Buturi Women will follow Fair Trade’s ethos and principles. Any profit from sales will benefit the artisans themselves, their families and help secure the future of Buturi community.

Empowerment of women through this training program is crucial to inspire entrepreneurship by gaining skills through economic independence and so gain greater levels of responsibility and accountability. We intend running all-year-round workshops on production, business management, time management, quality control and the logistics of shipping and forwarding goods.

Empowerment of women is key to raising child nutrition levels, improving distribution and production of food, enhancing the living conditions of rural, poor, and vulnerable populations. Women are the change makers. When women and girls earn money, they invest 90% in their families, compared to 30-40% for men. When women have direct control over income, they tend to spend it on the family, particularly on the “nutritional security” of more vulnerable family members.

Women perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food, but earn only 10% of the income and own 1% of the property. 70% of the world’s 1.3 billion people living on less than $1 a day are women or girls. Women work longer hours for less pay and in worse jobs than men in every country in the world. If doing the same work, women make roughly two-thirds what a man would make.

BUTURI PROJECT is seeking and appealing for like-minded professionals in the UK and around the world who are willing to volunteer to help Buturi Women set up this exciting and challenging co-operative. Could you help raise funds for a practical solution like a sewing machine?