Drawing on years of on-site rural coordination and community interaction through the organic craft sector, Marcia Nangy developed a systematic approach to rural program implementation that has a proven track-record of success.
Under her guidance, Dathonga Consulting was established as a way to positively impact the human condition in rural Africa. Dathonga has used this approach to assist organisations such as the WWF – World Wildlife Fund, the UNDP, INGC – Mozambique’s National Environmental Disaster Response Agency, DANIDA – Danish Cooperation, and now with the KHETHU Association in partnership with Makobo platform for people displaced by war in Cabo Delgado.
The company specialises in rural development projects with expertise in the craft sectors. We’re proud in using an entrepreneurial approach to rural livelihood diversification by implementing innovative solutions to problems that are common in remote communities. We know how to get things done in regions where no one goes.
Coordinating a project in a rural environment requires skilled and dependable staff on the ground. Whilst assisting our clients to optimise the value potential of their local natural resources, we also encourage them to see the land and the people using it with a new perspective.
Dathonga Consulting takes the time to observe before acting and to learn from the community, harnessing traditional knowledge by incorporating it into successful projects.
Through arts and crafts programs, DATHONGA aims to preserve traditional Mozambican products, supporting intergenerational learning through community training programs that help youth celebrate and value artisanal techniques.
Dathonga’s work specifically supports projects that drive community development with tangible, commercializable art and craft production. We work to help develop artisan skills and empower producers to create exquisite products competitive in markets around the world.
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DESIGN FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
Design for Social Impact is a project by Plataforma Makobo for people displaced by war in Mozambique. The project launched in the 25 de Junho refugee camp, in Metuge district, in Cabo Delgado province.rict in Cabo delgado.
It was our honour to work with the women and men at the camp, to bring back smiles and hope through producing crafts, offering dignity and income for their new life after the war.
The objective of the partnership between Plataforma Makobo, Dathonga Designs and Universidade Católica de Moçambique is to help create sources of income for displaced people, through handcrafted production. With the help of Dathonga Designs, the program is helping them develop skills, create and produce modern products to be sold in various markets
I am Ana Bichehe and the one who made this placemat for you. There are a few of us in my producer group, 2021 is the first year of production for all of us and we hope you love our product.
I am Zaina Saide and the one who produced this basket for you. My colleagues and I will be very delighted if you like our basket.
I am Teresa Ricardo,I made this piece. I am very grateful that you are buying our products. Thank you!
This basket was made by artisans at the 25 Junho camp, under the guidance of Marcia from Dathonga, who spent several weeks in the camp to create the WIWANANA brand product lines.
I am Samuel Antonio, I am making this type of product. This is only the second bag I have made in my life, because before I only made mats. I am delighted!
I am Graça Eugenio, I produced this bag for you. Apart from helping me and my children, if you buy our products you will encourage us to produce more.
I am Antonio Martins from Bilibiza. Together with my colleagues, I am producing these products and we hope you enjoy them because they were done with love!
The artisans of the WIWANANA project have the support of Makobo and Universidade Católica de Moçambique for production and sales of the brand.
FOR MORE INFO ON WIWANANA PRODUCTS PLEASE CONTACT MAKOBO!