Sustainable crafts with recycled materials – Cultural Arts Centre, Zanzibar

What is the issue? CACZnew

Zanzibar has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, a legacy of which includes a range of traditional crafts that are still being produced today and make popular tourist souvenirs. Tourists are an important source of revenue for Zanzibari locals. However, women, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those in rural areas tend to miss out on ‘the tourist dollar’.

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What is the solution?

Through the Cultural Arts Centre, Zanzibar (CACZ), local artists and craftspeople from all over the island can receive training and sell products. CACZ focuses on selling locally produced artwork and souvenirs made from sustainable materials in Zanzibar, such as women’s cooperatives – hence even artists and artisans from remote areas can profit from the centre and thereby from ‘the tourist dollar’. By doing so the CACZ plays a leading role for community development and environmental responsibility.
Products include baskets, cushion covers, soaps, carvings, items made from recycled materials, jewellery made from recycled paper beads, soda cans and sustainably-farmed pearls, and much more.
CACZ aims to become a wholesale vendor, supplying sustainable, locally-made souvenirs to hotels around Zanzibar.

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How do we help?

Sustainable East Africa helps by:

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