"CHANGING LIVES THROUGH FAIR TRADE"
The Presbyterian Handicraft Centre (Prescraft) is a project of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon. A Swiss Missionary, Rev. Dr. Hans Knopfli, started the project in the early sixties. It was later approved in 1970 as a Church project and established at Bali, Mezam Division.
Today Prescraft has as part of its management team, The Manager and Administrative Assistant in the persons of:
Prescraft sees fair trade as a way to achieve justice and equality for all. We believe that fair trade is a tool by which the managinalized are empowered, thus helping to reduce poverty.
Prescraft endeavours to help disadvantaged handicraft producers access fair, transparent, sustainable markets in order to generate income and social programming that improves their lives and their communities.
Prescraft's goal is to reduce poverty through Fair trade, not aid
Prescraft is presently employing close to 300 artisans both men and women in our centres, located in Bali, Bamenda, Bafut Bamessing and a further 500 work at home and supply their products to Prescraft. Each bread winner takes care of at least four dependents. Prescraft, therefore, directly impacts the lives of about 4,000 people.
A variety of crafts are produced and sold within Cameroon as well as exported to Fair Trade Organizations in Europe and North America. They include:
Our ambition is to reach and touch the livelihoods of 5,000 people and above. Our markets can only expand with the introduction of new products. We are presently working with some of our partners overseas to develop new products using our locally available materials. So, please contact us if you can be of some assistance.
If you are visiting Cameroon, please endeavour to visit our fair trade shops in the coastal town of Limbe, Bamenda, Commercial Avenue. Also visit our prodction centres in Bamessing, below Sabga Hills, Bali and Bafut in Mezam Division. You will be thrilled to see artisans at work. Any purchase you make is a contribution to keeping artisans on their jobs and is a fight against poverty.