Founded in 2008, Indego Africa has the incredible mission of empowering and uplifting women artisans in the continent. Read all about their history and their beautiful product.
At Homepolish, we are all about telling your own story through your home and the pieces that make up your interiors. One of the best ways to make your home one-of-a-kind and completely unique to you is by finding artisan goods sourced from around the globe. And while there are plenty of ways to come about these goods (flea markets, antiquing trips, gifts from friends), you can’t always be sure what the benefit is to the artisans.
Indego Africa was founded on a two-pronged mission: help African artisans lift themselves and their families out of poverty and bring beautiful handmade goods to the public. Since their founding in 2008, the company has grown to 25 groups of more than 1,000 women across Ghana and Rwanda. Tapping into traditional techniques and local materials, the pieces are authentic and beautifully crafted. Best of all the company invests all profits from profit sales, with grants and donations, into education programs for the artisans who make the products. See below for some of their incredible weaving work.
The plateau baskets and bowls are a work of artistry, taking 2-3 days to make each. Handwoven from locally sourced natural sweetgrass, they hail from Rwanda and have been made using the same techniques for centuries. Our designerlikes to hang them in her kitchen for a touch of craft, but they can also make useful desk or shelf organizers or accents for the living room.
Woven from sisal and sweetgrass, these baskets are inspired by both Moroccan and Rwandan designs. The peace baskets in particular have a poignant history as they came into popularity after the Rwandan genocide. As both Hutu and Tutsi women came together, they found common ground through their shared weaving techniques.
When Indego Africa started, they found that their artisan partners used the majority of their income to cover basic necessities like food, electricity, and housing security. Six years later, the women in the company now have enough additional income to spend on aspirational uses such as school fees for children, home improvements, new business ventures, and investments in livestock and land. A beautiful cause with a beautiful product to boot.