Where do Savannah Village goods originate?
They are all handmade in Zimbabwe by rural women, trained by the national charity Kunzwana Women's Association. They are then shipped over to the UK and distributed from the Savannah Village base in Cambridgeshire.
Are the goods made by Kunzwana?
No, the role of Kunzwana is to provide training to rural women, who in most cases have been displaced from working on the land. After a course of training individual artisans return to their home village where they set up in business with their new found skills. Kunzwana continues to support its artisans by procuring materials and securing sales contracts.
Why is exporting particularly important to Zimbabwean artisans?
Zimbabwe's economy and currency are weak so hard currency is particularly beneficial to local artisans. In normal times a good proportion of goods are bought by international visitors but, since early 2020, tourists have been few in Zimbabwe. Into 2021 coronavirus lockdown and closed borders have made the situation even more difficult.
Are the same goods available through other channels in the UK?
No, Savannah Village is the exclusive UK partner of Kunzwana.
How should I wash my African handmade product?
The patchwork quilts are fully machine washable. Tablecloths, table runners, placemats, coasters, napkins and cushion covers are hand wash only and no bleach. If they are machine washed the colours may run and fade. Iron on reverse side only.