Teranga Market is a global program of Music4Health that empowers women in Senegal, West Africa through ethical and sustainable skills-training and on-going support. Its mission is to assist in ending the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families through this collaboration with a focus on supporting ongoing skills training and education for them and their children.
Women in Senegal face a much higher unemployment rate compared to men and are less likely to attend or stay in school. They are more likely to face poverty, homelessness, and poor health as a lack of skills and opportunity prevent them from meaningful work and income. They are often single moms and frequently unable to send their children to school, thus continuing the cycle of poverty for them and their families.
In addition to providing skills training and covering education costs for their children, these women’s handmade items will be sold through Music4Health. They will include clothing, jewelry, hair and other accessories, cushion covers, and more, all made from traditional and quality West African fabrics.
As we grow, there will be even more opportunities to meaningfully connect with and learn about these communities and counties via cross-cultural exchange experiences. These will include virtual events to small group travel experiences to Senegal where you can enjoy guided tours with translators, swim in the ocean, meet the Teranga Market artists, and shop in the lively markets to pick out your own fabrics to be turned into one-of-a-kind custom pieces by our very own artisans.