Activities in 2021

  • We opened the weaving school with 10 students in February. We now have 12 students.
  • In November, we reached our goal of raising $10,000 via Global Giving to start the weaving school.
  • Thirty-six students graduated from our multi-year tailoring and leather working programs in July.
  • Ten leather working graduates formed a cooperative with the leather working instructor. In exchange for being able to use the DIMA leather workshop, they are acting as teaching assistants for the new group of students. The cooperative is building a reputation for good quality and rapid turn around of larger orders. They have seen a constant stream of orders.
  • We recruited and began training 60 new students in tailoring and leather working in October. Half of the new leather working students are young women. We also added 2 new weaving students.
  • Remember Niger increased its financial support and is now sponsoring 10 students at the school.
  • Amanda Gilvin, an American textile scholar, prepared a video on tera-tera weaving and our school for a conference on African art. https://youtu.be/N4gT5UU1wPM
  • A Smithsonian publication wrote an article on our president, Soumana Saley. https://folklife.si.edu/magazine/future-of-craft-apprenticeships
  • DIMA staff participated in the planning for the all Niger women’s craft show and the 2022 FEMA show, an international African fashion show held biannually in Niger.
  • We added an additional commercial sewing machine to the leather working studio and began collecting donated equipment to begin jewelry and woodworking programs.
  • DIMA appeared on four radio and four TV programs in Niamey.
  • We initiated the practice of preparing and issuing monthly financial reports. We submitted quarterly reports on the progress of the weaving school to Global Giving. We gave Remember Niger quarterly reports on how we spent their funding. Their staff made several on-site visits as did a number of government officials and staff of other NGO’s.
  • We began the process of being accredited by Niger’s Ministry of Education. Accreditation will allow our certificates to be accepted as proof of training by organizations across Niger and make us eligible for various funding programs.
  • Total expenditures were $15,108 USD.