Supporting families through skills empowerment and sustainable business
Located across the road from Kasanka Park entrance, Kasamba Women’s Group comes together to hand-make the one-of-a kind crafts found at Wasa Lodge.
Conservation – Through profits generated from Kasamba products, women participating in the group are able to supplement existing gaps in household income, which is typically male dominated. When such gaps are filled and households stabilized, families are less likely to partake in risky activities such as charcoal burning, poaching, and illegal fishing.
History and Culture – Kasamba products are not only a sustainable source of household income, but a creative way to highlight the diverse ecology of the Miombo Woodlands, unique to this region of Central Africa. In traditional Zambian culture, women of the household spend each morning in the bush gathering firewood for cooking and bathing, and as such, are highly knowledgeable in forest products. In Kasamba craft pieces, you will find various woods and seeds collected from many different trees representing the stunning flora found in and around Kasanka National Park.
Importance – By purchasing Kasamba made products, you are directly contributing to women’s development, household security, and the conservation of Kasanka National Park.
Fun Fact! – “Kasamba” in local Bemba language translates to “small stream”. The nearby Kasamba stream flows into the larger Mulembo river, which is a major fresh-water resource within Kasanka National Park. Kasamba Women’s Group chose this name because the Kasamba stream represents the villages in which the women and their families live.
The ladies prepared a half lima demonstration plot for growing soya beans using conservation farming practices they learned at a ‘skills’ meeting. They’ll harvest the soya beans around May with enough seed for each member to take home to replant and multiply seed for next season.
Jewelry & Baking
So much happens in the field aside from farming, 26 women have formed skills groups and have been hand-making jewelry as well as baking goods and selling them at the Kasanka check-point.