Indego Africa is a non-profit organisation which partners with artisan makers in Rwanda & Ghana to create handcrafted products that bring beauty into the world through modern design, time-honoured techniques, and genuine artisan skill. As well as providing work opportunities for over 1,200 artisans across Africa, including hundreds of refugee women, Indego offers numerous educational, business and health programmes. With 92% of Indego’s refugee partners being the primary income-earners for their families, the opportunity to work and earn a living is one of the most effective ways refugees can rebuild their lives in dignity and peace.
With a formidable board of directors, advisory board and management team, Indego is an organisation of the future – its market-driven approach to artisan empowerment helps transform the lives of women, youth, and refugees across Africa.
Indego Africa sources materials locally and work with indigenous fibres including sweetgrass, palm leaf, bolga straw, banana leaf, and organic yarn that’s handspun and hand-dyed using local plant, flower, and vegetable material.
From raffia-weaving and woodcarving, to hand-embroidery and wool-spinning, we collaborate with our artisan partners to create products that support their incredible talent, showcase the storied history and beautiful craftsmanship of traditional African artistry, and celebrate Indego’s dedication to high-quality, modern design.
Social Impact & Fair Pay
Indego Africa invests all profits from product sales, coupled with grants and donations, into the education of its artisans partners and the youth in their communities. On average, Indego Africa partners earn 40% of the wholesale price of our items, vs. 5-10% in traditional retail. That’s enduring impact.
Upcycling / Recycling
Indego Africa is careful to reduce waste in its production process by using recycled (and upcycled) materials, repurposed fabric scraps, and other salvaged textiles across our product lines.