Adire Lounge Empowerment Initiative: Giving Artisans a Voice

The unemployment rate in Nigeria has been on a steady increase, and as of 2019 it was at 23.1% and with the way things are going, it is expected to rise to 33.5%.

This is why we employ everyone to attain at least one skill as a survival skill or as a side hustle in other for them to be preoccupied, rather than sit idle waiting for the government to come to their aid, unaware of when that’s going to occur. 

 It is for this reason why “The Adire Lounge Textile Company” birthed “The Adire Lounge Empowerment Initiative”, this initiative is aimed at empowering women and youths who aren’t gainfully employed or has a desire to acquire the skill of Adire making. These women and youths are trained by specialists and after some intensive weeks of training, a few of them who showed promising works and talent is retained and gainfully employed as artisans… 

An artisan is a skilled craft worker who makes or creates material objects partly or entirely by hand, they create unique, functional and/or decorative items using traditional techniques. Artisans are masters of their craft and a good number of them learn to attain this skill through decades of tribal knowledge which is passed down from families and communities. These artisans are one of the core individuals in the textile company because their activities are usually tedious and require manpower. 

There are over 200 million artisans in the world and the Adire lounge initiative is on a mission to add to that number, and they plan to do so by passing down this skill to a whole lot of individuals who are willing to learn the trade. 

The Adire Lounge Empowerment Initiative was established in 2017 as a social enterprise with a vision to promote indigenous textile prints in Nigeria by providing skills, inspiring creativity and creating awareness using women and youths in underserved communities.

Since the inception of this initiative, we have trained over 80 women and youths in three different communities in Lagos. 

  Our objectives are driven along with these operating platforms: 

  • Awareness 
  • Arts
  • Culture 
  • Eco-friendly
  • Sustainable practices 
  • Research and 
  • Entrepreneurship/employability. 

The programs available in this initiative are

  • H.A.C.E (Heritage and Art Community Empowerment) Program: This program equips women and youths in underserved communities to be skilled textile artisans, able to produce the best quality indigenous prints by providing them with the skills necessary to tackle unemployment and revive the dying heritage of indigenous textile prints. The duration of this program is 6 weeks. 
  • The AdireDay School Program: This program is aimed at secondary school students (Private and public) between the ages of 13-20. The goal is to create awareness and education on the art of Adire making. The duration of this program is a day. 

The initiative is targeted at training over 10,000 women and youths in local communities in the space of 3-5 years, employing over 40% of them and we can’t wait to see this happen.


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