OUR PARTNER: THE BASE PROJECT
In Northern Namibia, between the Kalahari Desert and the Atlantic, lies the Kunene region, famous for its dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife and rich cultural traditions. Often overlooked are the emergent humanitarian concerns in the area: rampant unemployment, limited access to education, the persistent spread of HIV - all in an area with poor healthcare and frequent shortages of food and water.
For their first initiative, The Base Project partnered with artisan cooperatives from two local tribes: Himba and Herero. These artisan-entrepreneurs hand carve bracelets from upcycled plastic as a means to support their family as well as their community. The artisans are paid fair wages from a sustainable income that covers school fees, health care and food. The Base Project additionally invests a portion of every purchase into community development projects within each region.