Batsiranai Craft Project
The Batsiranai Craft Project is based in a highly-populated township outside of Harare known as Dzivarasekwa. “Batsiranai” translates as “helping each other.” The project supports mothers with severely disabled children living under challenging circumstances. In addition to living with extreme poverty, these families often suffer from stigma related to local beliefs regarding the origins of disabilities. Added to the stigma, many are living with HIV/AIDS (25 percent of Zimbabwe’s population lives with HIV/AIDS). The Batsiranai income generation project allows women to work near their homes, and thus support the needs of their families and to be available to care for their disabled child. Ten Thousand Villages began purchasing from Batsiranai in 2008. Ten Thousand Villages sells “Twin Dolls” from Batsiranai.