Currently Shanga welcomes over 20,000 visitors a year and we would like your support in spreading the word and build awareness so others can visit Shanga and empower people with disabilities.
Shanga is a social enterprise with an interactive workshop currently employing over 30 people with disabilities in Tanzania, located at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge. At the workshop you will see glass blowing, bead making, tailoring, jewellery making, metal work, weaving and Tinga Tinga Painting. We are proud to have the first and still the only fully functioning glass-blowing department in Tanzania. In making our products we utilize recycled materials in numerous ways. This demonstrates our commitment to the preservation of our unique and sensitive environment.
By including Shanga in your itineraries, you and your clients will be assisting with our work towards creating a positive impact in our local communities and environment. Increasing our footfall has the potential for us to increase our workforce which has a positive impact in our local community. Increase in production uses more materials which results in more recycling and less waste. Currently we recycle over 100 tons of waste per year - the more we can use, the less goes into land fill, thus contributing to the preservation of our sensitive environment.
The Shanga workshop is open for free tours and fun interactive activities every day from 9am to 4:30pm. We recommend at least an hour to cover a tour and a visit to our shop for an ethical shopping experience. When shopping at Shanga your clients are providing direct support to all our staff, ensuring their families’ economic stability. Additional activities can be offered and tailored to your client’s availability and preferences.
Proudly we would like to highlight some of our recent achievements;
- Finalist in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2019 in the category “Investing in People”
- Number one shopping destination in Arusha since 2016.
Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge is a welcoming retreat of aromas, gourmet food and vibrant gardens. A visit to Traders Walk is a must with a collection of 5 on site boutiques including Shanga, a Tanzanite Centre and the Soko Giftshop that is stocked with all sorts of wonderful gifts. Finally relax at Kahawa, a Coffee shop with freshly brewed coffee and delicious home-baked cakes.