Improving Rural Livelihoods Through Market Access and Sustainable Development of Crafts in Kacgae, East and West Hanahai
The project seeks to establish sustainable high value market linkages for the crafts through the establishment of a Craft Producers Association covering three communities in Ghanzi District, Botswana, whose main task would be to source for and engage with high value markets for the crafts. In each settlement, a craft shop shall be set up to consolidate, bulk and market and crafts. A craft shop will be set up in Ghanzi town to target the tourist market and urban customers. The marketing association will be trained on marketing principles pricing and sales management. Craft producers will be trained in quality control for product standardization.
Permaculture Trust of Botswana - Ghanzi Branch
Area Of Work:
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
A livelihood is said to be sustainable when it can cope with and recover from stresses and shocks and maintain or enhance its capabilities and assets both now and in the future, while not undermining the natural resource base (DFID 2001). The project will ensure that there is a balance in the management of natural resources (tree species and wildlife) critical in craft production, through development and implementation of natural resource management plans, while maintaining income levels for vulnerable households through high value market linkages for the crafts. The major outcome and impact of this project will be the increase in small scale farmers’ real income from craft products as well as business development and marketing skills to engage in other activities. Vulnerable households involved in crafts will have viable and enduring relationships with the private sector partners and linkages with the markets, and hence derive sustainable livelihoods. The income realised from crafts sales will contribute to covering food deficit gaps when granaries run dry as well as diversifying nutrition sources. This development will result in new job opportunities and skills acquisition by the grantees, ensuring sustainable livelihoods for them.
Notable Community Participation
Community beneficiaries and their leaders will be directly involved in the project right from project inception,participatory monitoring and evaluation to completion. Local gorvement departments such as Tourism and Wildlife and Foresty will also be involved in planning and actioning of the project. The establishment of self-managing local business institutions and associations will ensure that rural communities continue to support each other and undertake the livelihood strategies facilitated under this initiative. The capacity building efforts will ensure that the local institutions such as XNRCT and associations have internal capacity to organize and run their own affairs as well as to maintain and negotiate partnerships, agreements and contracts with private sector partners. Exchange vsisits for information sharing, sharing experiences, lessons learnt, successes and challenges of craft production will be facilitated for beneficiaries with other established craft weavers in and across the borders.
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|Ms Magret Mpati|
|Phone: +267 6597619|
|Fax: +267 6597742|
P/Bag 005 Ghanzi Botswana
Ghanzi , SADC ,
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Ms. Abigail Engleton
UN Building, Government Enclave Corner Khama Crescent & President Drive P O Box 54