NAWOU Handmade is a social enterprise through which economic empowerment opportunities are provided to groups of women artisans. The initiative specifically aims at amplifying the women’s entrepreneurial skills and potential to fashion artistic handmade products. NAWOU Handmade promotes product design, production and marketing, as well as capacity building while instituting opportunities for economically disadvantaged women. Handmade is NAWOU’s oldest project and has been running since 1993.
NAWOU Handmade authors a variety of entrancing and heartful handicrafts such as baskets, jewellery, place mats, and wall hangings. The products have intricate designs that usually take the women hours to craft and weave by hand. As our products span across the regions of Uganda they portray different aspects of Uganda’s cultural heritage. Raw materials include raffia, sisal, banana fibre and bark-cloth; materials which are environmentally friendly and bio degradable.
Through our membership with World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), NAWOU serves as a market link for fair trade crafts locally, regionally and internationally. The exports are distributed as widely as to New Zealand, USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada, among others.