Dsenyo is a fair trade and ethical fashion company. We are a global tribe that shares a desire to build a better world.
- Jewelry made from snare wire traps collected by anti-poaching patrols in Zambia, Africa
- Each piece of jewelry generates $5 for anti-poaching efforts
- Fair Trade: hand-made by women & artisans in Zambia
- Jewelry ships to Kickstarter backers in May (in-time for Mother's Day)
The NEW Snare Wire Twist Collection
Dsenyo is a social enterprise partnering with artisans around the globe and enabling women to become economically empowered through the sale of fair trade gifts and ethical fashion. We believe responsible business can be a powerful tool for social and economic change. We already produce a fair trade jewelry line with artisans in Zambia, Africa and want to expand our snare wire jewelry collection.
Today we're excited to announce that the Snare Wire TWIST line is ready for production. It was inspired by Hayley Stewart's winning design from our student Design for Change competition last year. It has been proto-typed, sampled and the artisans in Zambia have been trained.
The design will be made with actual confiscated snare wire collected by anti-poaching patrols. The jewelry is meticulously, hand-crafted by the women and artisans at Mulberry Mongoose, Dsenyo's partner artisan group in Zambia, Africa.
With each piece of jewelry sold FIVE dollars is generated for two partner conservation groups in Zambia leading the fight against poaching! The TWIST in Hayley's design represents uniting people all over the world to strengthen each other in the fight against poaching.
We are working to reach our Big Goal of $50K. This will allow us to more than double our orders with the artisans and generate more significant support for anti-poaching efforts via jewelry sales this year. It will also ensure a stable base moving forward so we can offer this jewelry for years to come and provide a reliable revenue stream for the anti-poaching groups and fair trade artisans.
Your contributions to the campaign will be invested in fair trade jewelry production, anti-poaching efforts, marketing: to give a voice to the poaching crisis and increased staff hours to help get this jewelry into the hands of people that want to create change.
As a thank you to our Kickstarter backers, we have some fabulous products to offer! Jewelry is made from actual confiscated snare wire traps, turquoise, freshwater pearl, shell, driftwood, cord and silver-plate earring hooks.
The Issue: Poaching Crisis & Conserving African Wildlife
If poaching is allowed to continue at its current rate, the African Forest elephant is predicted extinct in only 10 years. It's safe to say that we are running out of time.
The sale of each piece of jewelry will generate FIVE dollars for partner conservation groups leading the fight against poaching in Zambia. Plus, much needed employment is created for women and artisans in the rural community surrounding South Luangwa National Park.
Dsenyo's Anti-poaching partners are the Zambian Carnivore Program and the South Luangwa Conservation Society in Zambia, Africa.
Join us for a special evening as Thandi Mweetwa shares with us her efforts (with the Zambian Carnivore Programme ) to conserve African wildlife and the fight against poaching. She will give a presentation on her work in Zambia with time for Q&A at the end.
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Location: Impact Hub Boulder | 1877 Broadway, Suite 100, Boulder, Colorado
Thandiwe Mweetwa, a Zambia native, is a member of the ZCP (Zambia Carnivore Programme) team. She is the recipient of several educational scholarships and has distinguished herself as a top student. With a B.S. from the University of British Columbia she was recognized with the International Student Humanitarian Award. Thandi is now a graduate student at the University of Arizona. She splits her time between course work at the university and field research in Zambia studying the effects of snare wire poaching and rehabilitation among the lion population.
Risks and challenges
Dsenyo has been working with artisans groups for over six years and has successfully established partnerships in Malawi, Zambia and Brazil. The Zambia artisan partnership was launched last year and this campaign is to expand that partnership by introducing a new snare wire jewelry line. We believe that with help from our Kickstarter backers we will be strengthened in our ability to successfully maintain and expand the Zambia partnership. In reality, there are always challenges that come with working internationally, in rural communities and in a developing country. We are familiar with these ups and downs and are prepared to overcome them as we have been able to do in the past. Here are some specific challenges we foresee:
EXCEEDING OUR GOAL
Kickstarter projects have the potential to go viral and far exceed their goal. We certainly hope ours does! In general, this only means more good for the essential anti-poaching work we are supporting and the employment created for women and artisans crafting the jewelry. We plan to get rewards out to backers by Mother’s Day 2015. However, if the campaign takes off we will notify you on this site about any shipping delays.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING CHALLENGES
We have already been successfully importing from this artisan group in Zambia. This means that we have our Fish & Wildlife License (designs contain freshwater pearl, shell and leather). Some of the jewelry is already in production in anticipation of campaign support and have built in enough time for the customs clearing process.
GETTING PRODUCT TO OUR SUPPORTERS
We will be shipping all of our rewards out with tracking information so we can keep you updated on its estimated arrival time.
FAIR TRADE COMMITMENT
Dsenyo is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. We are committed to social change, inspired design, fair trade principles, and responsible business practices.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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