About UsABOUT BAMENDA HANDICRAFT
The Bamenda handicraft Cooperative Society Limited was established in 1964 with the assistance of some American peace corps Volunteers Douglas and Cynthia Kelley who had an interesting in fostering Handicraft production in the Northwest region of Cameroon
The organization was registered as a cooperative on the 14th of may 1964. in 1972, two American peace corps volunteers i.e. Henry Gretchen and Homeyer were assigned specifically to Bamenda handicraft Cooperative society Limited (BHCS).
In the late 1990s, BHCS joined the International fair trade Association (IFAT). In 2005, the Dutch Embassy in Cameroon assisted BHCS with some grants for the plantation of 8 hectares of assorted trees. This was to sustain the craft industry that might be running out of raw materials. Other volunteers; Michael Breiner, Susanne Lasor Kambore, Ted, Fran and Jeannah lacey all from the USA came in October 2003 to revitalize the business.
The Bamenda handicraft Cooperative was re organized and registered under the cooperative law No 92/006 of the 4th August 1992 on February 14th 1994. BHCS holds registration No NW/CO/01/94/158.
To improve the living standard of craftsmen by pooling their resources
To facilitate the collection and marketing of craft through cooperative efforts
To promote the exportation of Cameroonian craft
To provide lucrative employment to young school graduates
BHCS is open to all craft men, youths, disable persons and women residence in the North west region and other Parts of Cameroon. To become an eligible member, you must be a craft man
Most craft marketed through BHCS are hand made goods. These include ; jewelries, work pottery, musical instruments etc. our shop is an ideal gift shop not only for local craft lovers but also for foreigners.
We have been exporting to Spain, Germany, Italy, USA, Latin America (Ecuador)
To improve on the living standard of disadvantaged handicraft producers in our community by building their capacities and looking for markets for their finished products.
Our MembersOur members are craft producers in Cameroon, most of who inherited the arts from their parents, and earn their living from it. Part of our membership include physically challenged persons and other marginalized groups of people like single teenage mothers, prisoners, etc. who learn the art as a means of sustenance. Our membership constitutes individuals and groups. These members are the owners of the cooperative, and are the main decisions making body in their general meetings.
Craft WorkCraft work in Bamenda Handicraft cooperative ranges from traditional craft to modern craft. At the Bamenda handicraft shop you find arts made purely with hand using traditional tools such as the loom for weavers; axe, chisels, cutlass, knives for wood carvers; the bellows and hammer for blacksmiths, all of them using indigenous materials to produce their articles. You will also find articles made with modern tools such as electric drills, sewing machines, electrically driven heating systems, etc. Bamenda Handicraft cooperative in a bit to sustain this sector promotes apprenticeship, carry out various training programs to build the capacity of its producers, as well as ensure the sustainability of raw materials such as raffia and trees which are the predominantly used raw materials, by planting them and encouraging producers to plant more.
RecognitionBamenda handicraft cooperative created in 1964, and registered as a cooperative still maintains its statues till date with registration certificate number: NW/COOPCA/018/13/106. She is a member of world fair trade organization since 1995, with ID No. 36.
BuyingOur prices does not include shipment, so the buyer pays for his shipment
Delivery is done only after payment has been effected in the cooperative’s account for direct purchases.
Orders are confirmed with a 50% upfront payment of the total invoice and the balance paid once the buyer receives a copy of the bill of laden.