About us

About us

An independent Namibian non-profit organisation

Omba has made a measurable difference to the lives of hundreds of Namibians over the course of more than 30 years – artisans, artists, and their families.

Omba Arts’ roots go back to the early 1990s when founding director, Karin le Roux, started travelling to rural communities around Namibia, researching the development of the local craft sector and providing training, whilst planting the seeds of relationships and networks that still remain strong today. These early years laid the foundation for the independent Namibian support organisation that was to become Omba Arts Trust in 2004.


Omba has grown into being not only a vehicle for delivering operational support to the rural artisans in its fold and giving them an entry point into global markets, but also a conduit for delivering opportunities to further improve their sense of agency and well-being.

Omba supports more than 450 artisans and artists from nine regions, most of whom are women and many of whom are San**.

**‘San’ is a collective name for the indigenous hunter-gatherer groups that are considered among the first nations of southern Africa.

Fair Trade ethos

We unequivocally subscribe to the fair-trade practices of building trusting relationships, skills development, promoting resilience, and addressing environmental concerns.

People need People

We regularly collaborate and combine our mutual resources with key non-governmental organisations in Namibia to implement projects.

Please take time to have a look at our fund-raising video from 2020 – it will give you an idea of how we work and our impacts.


Our Team

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