about Moto

MOTO is an initiative in the
Zanzibar archipelago,
comprising of about two hundred
artisans and crafts people of the
main islands, Unguja and Pemba.

MOTO is an initiative in the Zanzibar archipelago, comprising of about one hundred artisans and crafts people of the main islands, Unguja and Pemba.

MOTO makes an important contribution in the sustainable preservation of the Jozani – Chwaka Bay National Park.

Cooperative members of the villages in the forest’s vicinity produce high quality handicraft instead of cutting fire-wood for much needed cash.

MOTO’s mission is to

  • Represent, link and develop rural handicraft cooperatives
  • Recover an ancient craft to its original splendor
  • Market its products regionally and internationally

MOTO promotes the replanting of the formerly wild date palm the main source of raw materials.

MOTO, was founded by Antje Förstle in 2000 in cooperation with the Department for Commercial Crops, Fruits and Forestry to relieve women of the heavy burden of cooking over open fires by promoting energy efficient clay ovens and solar cookers.

MOTO supports family life, as the producers can work at home, where they can look after their children and elderly family members.

MOTO activities and running costs are funded through the sale of community products.

MOTO products are

  • Fashionable
  • Desirable
  • Durable
  • Ecofriendly
  • Fair priced



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