Shanga by Elewana Collection is a social enterprise based in the grounds of the Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge in Tanzania. From humble origins with a small group of ladies who were deaf recycling marbles, beads and fabric scraps into necklaces, in 13 years Shanga has grown into a social enterprise employing over 35 people with disabilities. Recognizing the need to support this marginalized group Elewana Collection purchased Shanga in 2017.
Shanga’s permanent home is an open workshop, set up for everything from glass-blowing to Tinga Tinga painting where visitors (over 20,000 per year) are welcome every day of the year to celebrate our abilities and commitment to recycling. Its tours and fun activities are free. Additionally, to assist with spreading awareness of Shanga further, we supply other local lodges with unique glassware and partner with local education institutions.
Shanga by Elewana Collection is working towards the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: