Arts & Culture

Omba Arts Trust

OMBA ARTS TRUST

Project Overview

OMBA’s roots go back to 1991 when founder Karin le Roux developed a range of textiles with a group of unemployed women in a small rural village in the south of Namibia. From those humble beginnings, they are today the largest operation in the country marketing Namibian craft exclusively. They partner with over 450 producers in nine regions and market several ranges of unique Namibian handmade craft. Omba Trust is a non-profit Trust based in Windhoek but work with rural communities in some of the most remote regions of Namibia. Omba believes in sustainable development, so where possible they assist groups in managing as many processes as they can. They have developed a Craft Tool Book as a training resource for producer groups and once or twice a year bring representatives together to share and learn from each other.

Staff from the different divisions volunteer weekly to deliver the food to various Early Childhood Centres, thus adhering to the volunteer aspect of the United Nations Global Compact.

 

Impact

Support the sustainable livelihood of marginalized San communities through the development, sales and marketing of Namibian craft

  • Support the sustainable livelihood of marginalized San communities through the development, sales and marketing of Namibian craft
  • Older San women transfer their skills to younger women in bead making, ceramics, basket making etc.

NDP5

Pillar Social Progression under the component harnessing the demographic dividends is: Human Capital Development

Social Progression

  • Technical/Vocational Education and Training

Social Development

  • Youth Empowerement
  • Arts and Culture

Pillar

Human Capital Development:

Achieve, sustainable and equitable growth

  • Rural Economic Development
  • Enterprise Development

Structural Transformation through Value added Industrialization:

  • Enterprise Development
  • Research & Innovation