Our mission is to provide healing arts programs, education and economic opportunity for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to foster self-empowerment, community and sustainability, ultimately resulting in generational change.We are determined to fulfill our mission by creating a unique holistic approach to change. At Mamafrica we believe that human relationships can be a mechanism for growth and recovery.



Mamafrica Group PhotoMamafrica is a grassroots organization based in the city of Bukavu, DRC serving internally displaced women from the volatile eastern provinces of the country. Mamafrica remains a source of long-term, viable, and sustainable employment for these women. Our artisans work forty hours each week crafting Mamafrica’s products, available for sale at select locations worldwide.

By working full-time as part of the sewing program, our artisans not only develop marketable skills but develop a sense of empowerment that only comes from observing the value in one’s work and successfully providing for oneself and one’s family. Our programs reflect the basic premise that when women thrive, their families, communities, nations and the world become more secure.



The Fair Trade Federation Principles have been created using the global principles of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) as their foundation.  The Fair Trade Federation and the World Fair Trade Organization recognize and uphold each other’s principles, and work together as allied organizations to promote greater equity in international trade

Fair Trade Federation members fully commit to the following principles in all of their transactions.

  • Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
  • Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships
  • Build Capacity
  • Promote Fair Trade
  • Pay Promptly and Fairly
  • Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions
  • Ensure the Rights of Children
  • Cultivate Environmental Stewardship
  • Respect Cultural Identity