HandCrafted to Serve
All of our products are made by artisans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Our artisan cooperative served more than 782 customers at the boutique in Aru, Congo this year. That’s a 32% increase from those we served in 2017.
In 2018, after a lengthy and rigorous verification process, we are proud to say that we have been accepted as a verified Fair Trade Federation Member. Every item you purchase from our artisans is ethically-sourced in accordance with the highest of standards reflecting our deep commitment to the principles and values of fair trade.
We educate and invest in artisans and entrepreneurs so that they can create and manage successful businesses of their own.
Through our Apprenticeship Program, we have provided sewing training to more than 50 women in northeastern Congo. Women are eligible to participate in our program based on not having had the opportunity to attend or complete primary or secondary school.
In 2018, parishioners of the Římskokatolická farnost děkanství Polička Catholic Church in the Czech Republic raised funds to support Félix, a Congolese entrepreneur, as he launched his own bakery (Bread of Life) in Congo. He is Totonga Bomoi’s first micro-loan recipient.
Congolese artisans strengthen their creative talents by working together in local cooperatives.
Apprentices learn how to make school uniforms so that they can start earning an income almost immediately after completing our sewing and business trainings.
Our cooperative members always take care of each other. When any member or apprentice encounters a familial, financial, or health-related obstacle our cooperative takes up a collection amongst themselves to help out that individual. 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40
Economic JusticE and Human dignity
We value and engage in economic principles that respect the dignity of our artisans.
In 2017, a young man in the Congo approached our cooperative for help. He never attended school. He had no home, no food, and no money. Our cooperative president, Marie Aroyo, stated that when he knocked on the door of our shop, it was as if Christ himself came begging. She and the other women of our cooperative welcomed him in and offered to teach him some basic sewing. He was a part of our community until he died in November 2018 from complications with diabetes. Every day, he worked alongside our artisans and had a group of joyful ladies to talk with him, teach him, laugh with him, and care for him. He will be missed.
Created to Inspire
Your donation impacts sustainable growth and development in Congo.
Totonga Bomoi has been invited to implement our Apprenticeship Program in multiple villages throughout northeastern Congo.
Your donations sustain our work by allowing us to continuously provide vocational and business trainings as well as start-up capital to aspiring entrepreneurs across the Congo. We are deeply grateful for your support and would not be here without you. Thank you!