Get To Know: Indego Africa
- Job Creation
Meet the Founders
Describe how Indego Africa works.
Matt: All of our products are handmade by our artisan partners in Rwanda. These women are paid a fair-trade wage for their work, providing them with income that supports their families and communities. We then invest our profits from sales into training programs for these women. In 2012, 16 trainers from five universities taught 682 classes in business, literacy, technology and health.
How do you find the artisans?
Tom: Having an Indego team on the ground in Rwanda is our key to finding new partner artisans and cooperatives. We partner with women all across the country and many times hear about these small artisans groups through friends of Indego, volunteer recommendations, other nonprofits and general word of mouth.
What kind of changes are you seeing?
Matt: Our latest Social Impact Report delivers a powerful, data-driven narrative of upward mobility. Two examples: We’re seeing greater food security, with 74% of the women’s families never running out of food in 2012, compared with 8% in 2009. More artisans are sending their own children to school. In 2012, 74% of their children always attended school, compared to 38% in 2009.