Batsiranai is a women’s handicraft project that supports mothers with severely disabled children living under challenging circumstances in Harare, Zimbabwe. Living in extreme poverty, these families often suffer stigmatization related to local superstitions regarding the origin of disabilities. In addition, 25% of the Zimbabwean population is HIV positive.
The women make greeting cards, dolls, aprons, baby products, jewelry and bags. They use local materials and are ingenious in creating art from scraps, such as earrings from painted bottle caps.Their handicrafts are sold internationally and increasing sales have allowed the group to expand to more than 94 members.
Champion: Lynn Poole - Harare, Zimbabwe