Omba Arts is a not-for-profit social enterprise that has been supporting the sustainable livelihoods of artisans living in rural communities in Namibia for over 30 years. We develop and market some of Namibia’s most iconic handicrafts as well as San contemporary art.
Omba celebrates the cultural diversity of Namibia. All our products reflect traditional skills and ancient techniques merged with contemporary design suited to different markets.
We believe that craft is a conduit for broader community development. As a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) since 2007, our fair trade practices, training and building trusting relationships has developed skills, resilience, social connectivity, hope, environmental awareness and more importantly, a sustainable livelihood in communities where there are few opportunities for formal employment. (120)
We partner other key nonprofit organizations in Namibia as well as Conservancies. are also a member of NACSO (Namibian Association of Community Based Natural Resource Management Support Organisation).
Omba Arts roots go back to the early 1990’s when founding director, Karin le Roux started researching the development of the craft sector for a large NGO. Karin travelled to rural communities around Namibia providing training whilst developing relationships and networks that remain strong still today. These early years laid the foundation in 2004 for an independent organization that was to become Omba Arts Trust. Omba now supports over 400 artisans from 9 regions in Namibia, 95% of whom are women and 60% San.
Please take time to have a look at the video presented by the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) with this e mail – it will give you an idea of how we work and our impacts.
KARIN LE ROUX