In Africa, when a woman is divorced or widowed and left with children, she has few options. Her avenues for income are often insufficient and socially unacceptable. Many women are forced to re-marry quickly, steal, prostitute themselves, or become beggars. Badala's microeconomic program seeks to provide an alternative to these methods of income to single mothers in impoverished communities by training and hiring them to make fair trade items.
Their central location is in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, and they have most recently expanded the program to a location in genocide-ravaged Rwanda. With the income the women earn by producing fair trade items, these single mothers are able to pay their living expenses and send their children to school. Soon these women of incredible strength will be starting saving and loan groups within their communities so they can build their own businesses and graduate from BADALA’s microfinance program.
Badala utilizes a variety of art forms to craft their pieces. From hand-woven textiles, to locally sourced olive wood, each piece is dyed using natural roots and leaves that fuses rural and urban style.