The story of our social enterprise, The Maisha Collective, begins with a young woman named Dahabo. At age 14, Dahabo fled to Kenya from her native Somalia. In 2009, Dahabo enrolled in our Girls' Empowerment Project. Recognizing her potential, we sponsored Dahabo in a training program to learn the centuries-old process of resist dyeing fabrics. She was excited to bring her knowledge back to Heshima and to teach her peers this traditional East African craft. Through her leadership and passion, The Maisha Collective, has grown into an artisan collective of over 100 young refugee women.
Now, The Maisha Collective is an established social enterprise that fosters leadership and business management skills through the design and production of unique hand-dyed fabrics and textiles. Here, participants gain life-long entrepreneurial business and marketing skills that develop their confidence and prepare them for future independence.