Musana artisans work full-time at our workshop in Lugazi, Uganda. For most of them, it's the first time they've received a steady salary. The financial stability of employment allows artisans to provide their children with a stable home, nutritious food, medical care, and an education.
Rather than selling directly to consumers, we work through partnerships with companies like Rain International, in order to provide our artisans with consistent work on a large scale.
At Musana, we believe education is an important part of progression at any age. Our artisans have opportunities to take English, business, health and various other classes hosted at our workshop throughout the week. We also provide financial mentoring to help artisans plan for the future.
One of the requirements of Musana artisans is to have all school-aged children enrolled in school. To lighten the burden, we created our School Fees Matching Program. Artisans pay half of the required school fees for their children and we match it to make up the rest.
We want to make sure our artisans and their families stay healthy. Through subsidizing medical costs, we guarantee that our artisans are able to seek quality treatment for themselves and their children when necessary.L
We work to prevent sickness and disease by subsidizing mosquito nets, arranging counseling and treatment for HIV+ artisans, hosting annual on-site HIV testing days and teaching health and first aid classes.
We believe in giving back to our community in Lugazi, Uganda. By partnering with local schools, clinics and community leaders, we're able to create a sustainable difference. Staff, artisans, interns and volunteers are regularly involved in various projects within the community.
While working in Lugazi, we quickly noticed how difficult it was to access books and educational materials. After seeing this need, we founded the Lugazi Community Library in March 2015. The library is next door to our workshop and has quickly become even busier than we expected. The library is funded through donations, grants and sales revenue and is managed by our locally-hired librarian.