KUFAA TENABwejuu Women’s Cooperative & Recycling ProjectK e e p i n g Z a n z i b a r B e a u t i f u l
Kufaa Tena (Kiswahili: to be useful again) is a project that started when a group of women in Bwejuu began re-using
plastic bags that littered streets and beaches by turning them into beautiful and sturdy handbags, baskets and similar items.
This work of Kufaa Tena, now also known as Women’s Voice, was instrumental in supporting the Zanzibar and Tanzanian
government’s 2006 landmark ban on the import of plastic bags
-the first such national law in Africa and one of the first in the world.
Kufaa Tena/Women’s Voice continues today as a textile-based cooperative
that still re-uses debris such as clothing and broken glass
from the beachfront in their evolving “green-sewn” non-electric design and decoration
business. Their primry aim is still to help us
keep our Zanzibar villages, towns and beach fronts clean while providing a means of self-sufficiency for local women and resources
for local schools. Kufaa Tena began in Zanzibar March 2005 with major support from the Zanzibar Youth
Educational and Development
Support Association (ZAYEDESA) in cooperation with the USA and Tanzania-based Osiris Enterprises
and the Zanzibar Tourist Corporation.
and congratulates U.S.
President Barack Obama.
A little-known fact is that
grandfather lived in and
received his name
In honor of this,
Kufaa Tena/Women’s Voice
created the Barack Obama
Chef’s Apron and Multi-Use
SackBag from the traditional
kanga cloth in red, yellow,
In late 2006 the government of Zanzibar became the first entityin Africa to ban the import and
use of plastic bags.
Hooray!!! for Zanzibar and
kudos to Kufaa Tena for being a
part of this significant milestone.
Simultaneously, on mainland
Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, a
plastics recycling plant has been
Tanzania is on the move! and
Kufaa Tena has moved on to
their next recycling project:
recycled glass and tile mosaic art,
reclaimed textile crafts and
seaweed baskets. Keep watching
our site for our newest
For more information on
contact coordinator Zakia Kibuda in
Bwejuu at 255-777-455-796
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.For inquiries outside of Zanzibar and
Thank you for supporting our efforts.
NOW AVAILABLE!! Online Purchase of the Green-sewn Obama Chef’s Apron and Multi-Use Sack Bag as well as the limited remaining supply of Kufaa Tena Recycled handbags and Baskets. Use Pay Palto purchase aprons and bags at $20 each plus shipping and handling in the USA.
and Rest Safe, Secure and Assured as you Help Us Keep Zanzibar Beautiful