African Crafts Social Enterprise, Tashanda Inc, Awarded Entrepreneurs Achievement Award

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Tashanda Inc., a leading African social enterprise, and provider of lifestyle arts and crafts from Zimbabwe was presented with the 2008 AngelAfrica Entrepreneurs Achievement Award at the AngelAfrica 3rd Anniversary Celebration.

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When I think of Africa and Zimbabwe in particular…. I choose to focus on what's possible for our continent and I always look for the positive. So even today, when I think of Zimbabwe I see talent, I see creativity and innovation, I see resilience, beauty and phenomenal possibilities…..

Tashanda Inc., a leading African social enterprise, and provider of lifestyle arts and handicrafts from Zimbabwe, today announces that its President, Ms. Nyasha Manyonda, was presented with the 2008 AngelAfrica Entrepreneurs Achievement Award at the AngelAfrica 3rd Anniversary Celebration (held at the Edwin Gould Foundation for Children in New York City). This award is dedicated to entrepreneurs of African descent who are promoting private sector development by creating and/or managing businesses on the African continent and who are fulfilling AngelAfrica's mission to improve Africa's economy through private enterprise. This prestigious award reflects the depth and breadth of Tashanda Inc.'s mission to fight poverty, support micro enterprise in Sub-Saharan Africa, and achieve the United Nation's Millennium Development goals.

"When I think of Africa and Zimbabwe in particular…. I choose to focus on what's possible for our continent and I always look for the positive. So even today, when I think of Zimbabwe I see talent, I see creativity and innovation, I see resilience, beauty and phenomenal possibilities….. "

About Tashanda Inc - Tashanda Inc is a social enterprise established in 2006 by Ms. Nyasha Manyonda, a young, female Zimbabwean CPA living in New York City. "Tashanda pamwechete" is the Shona meaning for "we have worked together." The name symbolizes the commitment of Africans in the Diaspora to work together with Africans on the continent to lift Africa out of poverty.

The social enterprise retails and wholesales top quality handicrafts from Zimbabwe which are sourced from a vast cross section of artisans. Their products include handmade dolls by a women's cooperative, recycled metal art, recycled paper products, potato printed textiles, wire art, sadza batik, world renown Shona stone sculpture and much more. The company also designs products manufactured by mirco-entrepreneurs. During April 2008, Tashanda was nominated for an award under "Most Socially Responsible Handbag" at the "Oscars" of handbags in New York City, for its design of the hugely popular Afrobag handbag and wallet range.

The company contributes part of the proceeds from the sale of the Afrobags to a pre-school situated in one of Harare's poorest high density suburbs of Hatcliffe, and to Matthew Rusike Children's Home in Epworth, also in Zimbabwe's capital city Harare. The company maintains an interactive blog to keep its customers up to date on the latest news about the children, women, poverty, crafts and Africa- Tashanda Blog. Tashanda is currently collaborating with Art From the Heart, a non profit organization based in New Zealand, to raise funds to build a borehole for the preschool whose children are in dire need of food, clothing, toys, books, pens and more....

Tashanda's goal is to realize the following specific Millennium Development Goals for its producer partners:

  • Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development

Tashanda promotes and markets sustainable products which are contemporary, made ethically, and remain true to African style. Most importantly, Tashanda works with individuals to transform their lives and create possibilities for themselves and others that they never imagined.

For more information, please visit the Tashanda Inc website at http://www.tashanda.com or http://tashanda-africa.blogspot.com/. Please also call 718 554 6083 for inquiries.

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