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Wabbani - Indigenous Artisans Handmade Hacks for IKEA

We preserve threatened cultures and habitats, serving as a global platform connecting remote/rural artisans with customers everywhere.

Wabbani - Indigenous Artisans Handmade Hacks for IKEA

We preserve threatened cultures and habitats, serving as a global platform connecting remote/rural artisans with customers everywhere.

$6,868
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
44
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 15 2018 5:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 16, 2018

About

Wabbani is a décor company with a social mission to connect remote artisans with customers. Our products are handmade, culturally-authentic add-ons that fit the exact specifications of IKEA furnishings. We preserve threatened cultures and habitats, support artisan livelihoods, and share revenue with the maker communities that share their arts with us.

Wabbani artisans
Wabbani artisans

The Idea

We love IKEA, and their kitchens are a great deal for customers. But roomfuls of neutral colors and modular designs can feel bland and impersonal. Meanwhile, craftspeople across the globe make beautiful products but lack access to a significant market.  

Team Wabbani: interns from the University of Missouri - St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis in Alice's Kitchen & Alice and Paul at IKEA St. Louis
Team Wabbani: interns from the University of Missouri - St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis in Alice's Kitchen & Alice and Paul at IKEA St. Louis

Wabbani solves both problems by personalizing IKEA furnishings with handmade elements.Our inaugural collection is made by Macushi (indigenous) villagers in Guyana, South America; our goal is to serve as a global platform connecting remote/rural artisans with customers everywhere.

 

The Company

Wabbani LLC was formed in 2018 as a for-profit social enterprise to attract investment for scale and generate significant funds for community development. Currently we are setting aside 2.5% of revenue to be returned annually to participating communities so they can build their own capacities to manage the development they choose.

Caiman House, our handmade guesthouse in the Macushi village of Yupukari, Guyana. Find us on TripAdvisor!
Caiman House, our handmade guesthouse in the Macushi village of Yupukari, Guyana. Find us on TripAdvisor!

Wabbani spun off the work of two nonprofits that have partnered since 2007 to support a public library and several community-run conservation projects via revenues from the guesthouse. Together we have raised the pass rate into secondary school from near zero to 75%; have been the largest village employer for a broad range of roles, and provided a local market for farmers and craftspeople. For more about our tourism and literacy work, visit rupununilearners.org.

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Risks and challenges

Transportation: Given that we are working in multiple remote villages, getting our product from villages to the port in Georgetown, Guyana for shipping to the U.S. in an efficient manner is a challenge.

Scale: Initially recruiting enough skilled weavers across scattered villages and coordinating their efforts. We already have done this when creating our prototypes, but scaling up will be a challenge.

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    Thank you card from Guyana

    Your $5 will help provide room and board for Guyanese artisans during their training.

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    Riverclay Magnet

    Wabbani swag for your fridge. 3" Round riverclay magnet made out of the same material as our knobs etched with one of our indigenous glyphs.

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    Rupununi Riverclay Knob - Set of 4

    Your choice of nine indigenous glyphs. Scroll down to see options. We will contact you for your selections. Includes hardware.

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    T-Shirt - Wabbani & Guyana

    Wear your support. Black organic cotton, Fair Trade T-Shirt. Lightweight and soft. Scroll down for design. We'll contact you for size.

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    Rupununi Riverclay Knobs - Set of 9

    All nine of our indigenous glyphs. Scroll down to see them. Includes hardware.

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    Lampshade Slipcover

    Fits the 28" IKEA - NYMO Lampshade (not included) or custom size up to 30". Scroll down to see options. We will contact you for your selection.

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    Door Front Basketry Panel - Set of 2

    Fits the fronts of Shaker-style doors (recess greater than 1/8" - 32cm). Wipe-able matte coating and easy DIY installation. Scroll over for choices of patterns and colors. We will contact you for your selection. Includes removable double-sided adhesives. ASK US ABOUT MATCHING DRAWER FRONTS.

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    Kitchen Makeover

    Up to 10 panels that fit the fronts of Shaker-style doors and drawers (recess greater than 1/8" - 32cm). Wipe-able matte coating and easy DIY installation. Scroll down for choices of patterns and colors. We will contact you for your selections. Includes removable double-sided adhesives. CONTACT US TO ADD SHIPPING COST OPTION FOR YOUR COUNTRY.

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    Eco Vacation

    A four-night stay for 2 as our honored guests at Caiman House in Yupukari, a multiple award-winning guest house in the heart of the village, where Wabbani was born. Sleep in our handmade beds with hammock-woven headboards and foot-boards that inspired our lampshade slipcovers; dine in our basketry-paneled dining room served by the kitchen with our first-ever basketry doors. Your time includes drifting on the Rupununi River, where the clay for our knobs is found, spotting birds and wildlife. Depending on the season, we'll include you in our field research, caiman mark-recapture (Oct-April) and an opportunity to make and learn alongside our expert crafters. Includes room, board, and local activities; airfares and overland transfers not included.

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    Storage Building Sponsorship

    We need to build at least one this summer to store raw material. $2500 covers the complete cost. We will put your company name, "Dedicated by," or "In memory of" signage on the building. Includes professional photos and write up.

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