Providing Support to Internally Displaced Women in Darfur

sudanThe Crafts Center is marketing hand-woven baskets produced by weavers living in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Darfur, Sudan as a means to stimulate income generation for hundreds of women. Over 250 women produce baskets and other traditional goods in the Kalma IDP camp, while nearly 360 women are employed as mat weavers. Over 60,000 grass and palm mats have been woven to build over 12,000 shelters for IDP families. Roughly 50,000 beautifully woven handicrafts have been made and sold in local markets, CHF gift shops in Nyala and Khartoum, and abroad. The Crafts Center is currently marketing the baskets through several retailers in the United States. Through this program, over 500 women living in IDP camps in Darfur have increased their incomes by 30%.