|Penduka Development TrustPenduka Development Trust is a welfare organisation situated in Katutura, Windhoek, and was established twenty years ago, with the aim to uplift and empower economically disadvantaged and disabled women. The word ‘penduka’ means ‘wake up!’ and is a call to women in Namibia to take charge of their lives.
Penduka’s products are useful and perfectly suited to the home. Hand-embroidered tablecloths, placemats, napkins, cushion covers, duvet covers and aprons made of the purest, quality cotton in accordance with the latest decor palettes, are able to beautifully compliment even the most avant garde of homes. The organisation also has a functioning batik division which produces beautiful hand-painted cotton products using Namibian wildlife as primary inspiration.
More than 500 hundred women in central Namibia, urban and rural, are supported by the project and make an independent living to support themselves and their dependents embroidering the finest African cotton by hand, sewing finished products, making wire and bead craft, pottery and glass beads.
Penduka Development Trust produces according to a ‘piece-pay’ system which ensures that every woman is fairly compensated for her labour, the items or ‘pieces’ completed, quality control checked and delivered, and also receives a part of the income of the final product. By supporting Penduka and purchasing its beautifully embroidered and hand-painted products, the organisation is able to in turn empower and expand its activities to uplift economically vulnerable women.