Shanga is a social enterprise based at the Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge in Tanzania, owned by Elewana Collection, a group of 15 lodges, camps and hotels across Kenya and Tanzania.
From humble origins as a workshop for deaf ladies to recycle discarded marbles into necklaces, in 12 years Shanga has grown into a social enterprise employing 34 people with disabilities. Recognising the need to support this often-forgotten part of Tanzania’s population, Elewana Collection bought Shanga in 2017. The social enterprise now has a permanent home at Elewana’s Arusha Coffee Lodge, where a workshop, set up for everything from glass-blowing to Tinga Tinga painting, and a shop welcome visitors. Medical support — including physiotherapy, prosthetics and wheelchairs — is provided as required, and a further 26 non-disabled local people are employed. To help spread awareness, Shanga supplies other lodges with tailor-made furnishings, partners with local education institutions, and hosts free tours and activities. Over 20,000 people have visited the workshop in the last 12 months.