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Baobab Batik | Swaziland

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Company Focus: Our vision is to be a leading example, in Swaziland and globally, of a social enterprise using thought leadership and innovation to improve the lives of women and their communities.

Our vehicle to do this is through employing women artisans to produce high quality batik accessories, homeware and apparal, which we sell both locally and internationally. We run our business according to fair trade principles, and strive to empower our artisans in all areas of life.

Social Impact: Our main focus at Baobab Batik is to run a sustainable social enterprise, where we strive to reach a living wage for our artisans. We believe living wages will allow our artisans to build a good life for themselves and their families. However, we also want to share skills with our artisans which can make them good role models and leader in their homes and communities. Examples of such skills are self-defence, first aid and peer educator training. One of our artisans stated “there is no stress at Baobab Batik,” this has become one of our slogans; we strive to relieve stress from our artisans and create a work place contributing to the positive in their lives.

Category: Accessories, Apparel, Homeware, Decor, Gift

T+I Levels: T3+I3

Contact Name: Signhild Thorne



P.O. Box 35, Malkerns,

10 Ngongoni Road, Malkerns,

Manzini M204, Swaziland

Export Experience: Intermediate

Production Capacity: On average 1300 pieces per month.

Skills: We have three departments of highly skilled artisans; our waxers apply melted wax to the fabric to outline the wanted design. Dyers mix the dye and dye the fabric pieces in the wanted colours. And finally the seamstresses sew the fabrics into the final product

Price Point: 

Accessories: USD 8 -15
Apparel: USD 11 - 20
Homeware & Decor: USD 8 - 25
All prices are ex-works

Lead Time: 6-8 weeks. If order is above 700 units we need to discuss longer lead times

# of Producers/Artisans: 36 women

Materials: Cotton or Rayon fabric, depending on the product

Terms & Conditions: We require a 50% deposit before production begins, and the remaining 50% upon shipping of the order. Customer pays for all shipping and duties.

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