Imani Workshops was established in January 2005 as a branch of the Family Preservation Initiative under the AMPATH program. AMPATH is one of Africa's largest, most comprehensive and effective HIV/AIDS control systems, and is now expanding its scope to include delivery of essential primary care services and chronic disease management. AMPATH's holistic approach means the focus is on the patient, not just the disease. If a patient comes in hungry or without a job, we will help them with food and income security. The Imani Workshops is one sustainable means to empowering patients to move toward self-sufficiency.
Imani Workshops is a revenue-generating social enterprise focused on producing high-quality crafts by HIV-positive artisans in western Kenya. Due to the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, many AMPATH patients have a hard time securing a job or accessing credit for a business loan. The Imani Workshops gives these people a second chance at getting their life back on track while, at the same time, promoting economic self-sufficiency. Imani employees all earn a living by producing high-quality handmade goods such as jewelry, fabric bags, handmade paper, and beadwork.
One hundred percent (100%) of the income earned through sales is reinvested in the workshop through which artisans benefit from employment, skills training and other forms of empowerment. Imani Workshops is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.