Artisans Collection Empowers and Ripples ….

… From Opportunites to Realities.  

The Artisans' Collection is handcrafted jewelry made in a remote Maasai village in Northern Tanzania by a group of Maasai women.  The collection features the Empowerment Necklace and Earrings Set, shown below. There are over 100 women artisans involved in the entire Empowerment Project that consists of many designs.


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The Artisans

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 "... a portion of their proceeds from our Empowerment Necklace is used for education, awareness and the creation of a safe environment for open discussion and the promotion of a woman’s choice in this matter..." 
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The Artisans, a Maasai women's group in Tanzania  also makes home decor items dragonflies, baby angels, cone angels, garland, snowflakes, star-cicles, beaded Christmas trees, anklets, artisan earrings & trade bead necklaces.


“Girls in parts of Tanzania are often forced to undergo female genital mutilation, even though the practice is illegal. Faced with FGM, many had nowhere to turn - until now. A safe house has opened in the north of the country to offer protection when they need it most.Read more on ‘The Cutting Season’  Linda Pressly BBC, Tanzania 
Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, is a cultural expectation still widely practiced in many areas of the world, including among the Maasai of East Africa.  Yes it is now illegal, however intense cultural and generational pressure from family and communities easily removes the young woman’s power of choice and many times it is violent.  Just getting to the safe house many times is the biggest obstacle. 
thobi samwelly tanzania masaai Rhobi Samwelly is the co-ordinator of the safe house, funded by the Anglican Church and supported by other churches together with the local mosque. She raced against the clock to get everything ready before the arrival of the first teenager.  Read more

At Daraja Imports™, we believe that every young woman should be given the knowledge she needs, as well as the permission required, to make an informed choice about this life-altering procedure. Toward that end, a portion of their proceeds from our EmpowermentNecklace is used for education, awareness and the creation of a safe environment for open discussion and the promotion of a woman’s choice in this matter. Thank you for partnering with us in this worthy endeavor.