MEET OUR ARTISANS

TRANSFORMING LIVES


Artisanry is a major source of livelihood for many in Sierra Leone. However, the lack of a formal education and scarcity of resources, limits the Artisan's business growth. FASARI partners with local artisans, provides them with fair wages, empowers them to grow a profitable business & achieve their goals. Sisters, Fatmata & Ismatu design the FASARI merchandise & the talented artisans bring those designs to life. 


 KOMBA & ASSISTANT PROUDLY WORKING IN HIS OWN SHOP 

KOMBA & ASSISTANT PROUDLY WORKING IN HIS OWN SHOP 

Meet Ibrahim. 19-year-old Ibrahim, was forced to drop off out of high school to work and assist with his family's financial burdens. He makes a living sewing & selling bags to tourists on the NO 2 River Beach. His source of income is neither consistent or sustainable.

Ismatu & Fatmata met Ibrahim by chance while at the beach.  The sisters were impressed with his work and offered him a partnership with FASARI. Ibrahim was able to bring his fellow tailors on board in order to complete this project. He has used his compensation from his work with FASARI to rent his own selling space on the NO. 2 River Beach. While Ibrahim aspires to return to school, immediately, he looks forward to a continued partnership with FASARI, growing his business and making his family more comfortable.

 

 

 

 IBRAHIM & COLLEAGUES AT #2 RIVER   

IBRAHIM & COLLEAGUES AT #2 RIVER

 

 

Meet Komba. Like many in Sierra Leone, Komba was unable to attend school during the 10 year, Sierra Leonean Civil War. Instead, he learned the trade of tailoring through an apprenticeship, worked hard and was eventually able to rent his own space for a shop. Unfortunately, Komba’s landlord unexpectedly terminated his lease, leaving him no choice but to work under a vacant cramped staircase.

Komba, a longtime tailor of the Daramy family reached out to the Fatmata and Ismatu for a loan to purchase a work-space and equipment. The sisters immediately knew they wanted to assist him, but in a dignified manner.

They offered Komba an opportunity to exchange goods & services. The sisters provided him the capital he required to build his shop and purchase equipment. In return, Komba provided his tailoring services. This ignited the partner-artisan relationship & fundamental FASARI mission to empower local artisans in Sierra Leone.

Today, Komba’s business continues to flourish and he has employed four other local artisans to work in his shop.

 
 IBRAHIM & FASARI CO-FOUNDER ISMATU

IBRAHIM & FASARI CO-FOUNDER ISMATU

Our partner-artisan relationships have blossomed into genuine friendships. The success of our Artisans is of the utmost importance to us. As FASARI grows, we hope to become a sustainable source of work and income for Komba, Ibrahim & many other Artisans in Sierra Leone.

 
 KOMBA, FOUNDERS ISMATU & FATMATA, DOG SIMBA & BROTHER JOSH AT KOMBA'S SHOP

KOMBA, FOUNDERS ISMATU & FATMATA, DOG SIMBA & BROTHER JOSH AT KOMBA'S SHOP