Shanga & Shanga Foundation

Shanga & Shanga Foundation, Arusha: Hours, Address, Shanga & Shanga Foundation Reviews: 5/5

Shanga & Shanga Foundation
5
Speciality & Gift Shops
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Combining an uplifting local community project with unique artistic activities and an opportunity to purchase handmade gifts, Shanga has been a favourite Arusha destination since 2007. Shanga is all about the workshop where over 50 disabled Tanzanians recycle glass, paper and aluminium into high quality jewellery, glassware and homewares which are sold in the Shanga Shop. Meet our inspiring people and participate in a workshop activity or sign-language lesson, and take home a unique and hand-made local gift or keepsake. Close to Arusha Airport and on the road leading to the National Parks.
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Timfmerriman
Captain Cook, HI26 contributions
We started our journey on safari at Shanga before heading out to Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. The tour is excellent and they teach you sign language appropriate to the setting so that you can communicate a bit with those who are working who are deaf or hearing impaired. Glassblowing, weaving, tikatika painting and other crafts are demonstrated by their very talented workers. We bought many souvenirs to take home. A great coffee shop is next to Shanga with very clean restrooms. Itʻs a great visit when in Arusha and seems a wonderful employment and training facility with folks with special needs.
Written April 3, 2022
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louamitch
Temecula, CA42 contributions
This was an amazing place to shop. They offer quality products that are beautiful and support jobs for people with disabilities. They start off with a tour where you can watch them work on looms and glass beads. My lodge had a lot of their products. The bed covers were from Shanga and were beautiful and high quality. Our water bottles and glasses were beautiful also. I will definetly shop there on my next visit.
Written November 5, 2021
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vhuang
Vancouver, Wa142 contributions
Shanga is the Swahili word for bead. We had a great time on our tour with the disabled workers at Shanga, an Elewana initiative based at Arusha Coffee Lodge. The workshop was a hive of creative activity and everything from glass blowing recycled bottles, recycling old pots and pans, paper making, beading, bead making, weaving and metal work is done here. Shanga provides a protective, consistent and warm environment for Tanzanians with disabilities; and artfully crafting stunning products from waste materials. Highly recommended.
Written March 15, 2020
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Hi Vhuang, Thanks for your-beautiful review of Shanga. Take care
Written August 6, 2020
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Jamie
Balgach, Switzerland12 contributions
We didn't intend to come here, but I'm so happy we came!

We entered the property and I was already amazed by all the beautiful art made out of recycled materials, especially glass.

A kind man introduced himself and offered us to do a free tour. He showed us the people and how they worked here - from beading to glass blowing... It was truly impressive.

After the tour, you go into a little shop where you can support the whole thing financially by buying wonderful crafts.

Definitely recommend coming to everyone in Arusha! :)
Written March 26, 2020
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Hi Lunipu, Thanks do much for your beautiful review about Shanga. Take care.
Written August 6, 2020
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Gayle7777
Los Gatos, CA8 contributions
We enjoyed our visit to Shanga House and learning about the employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Arusha. A bonus was the lovely gift shop with quality merchandise. Although you do not "haggle", the items are well-priced for their quality. We also enjoyed an afternoon snack at the coffee house overlooking beautiful gardens. I highly recommend a visit.
Written January 30, 2020
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Hello Gayle, Thank you Gayle for visiting us. It is always our pleasure to host guests. Karibu tena Shanga(Welcome back to Shanga)
Written February 3, 2020
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AwayWeGo!
15 contributions
Friends
This is a great experience with high-quality (mostly-)affordable products. Take the free tour, it only takes about twenty minutes. It's obviously a very well-run organization. It's also right next to a delicious coffee shop!
Written March 12, 2020
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Jambo, Thank you for taking your time to come and visit us. We are pleased to hear you loved the time you spent with our team at Shanga. Karibu Tena Shanga
Written March 14, 2020
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Sax
7 contributions
Couples
An interesting array of items to buy and the opportunity to make some of them yourself. Helpful host to guide you around the demonstrations and to see if you wanted to participate in them. A good gift shop with items made by the people there. Lots of glassware.
Written July 23, 2022
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JVT113
Memphis, TN51 contributions
Today I visted this incredible place. Due to covid, many employees are not there. But there were a handful. The things these people make here are so beautiful. It is a a great cause to support. All proceeds go to directly bringing employment to people with a disabilty. Don't waste your money with things made in China. Any amount you spend here, you directly make a difference. The layout was beautiful, and the cafe next door is excellent for a nice glass of wine too! I am so glad I went here today. I would highly recommend the wine stoppers for a gift idea. They are beautiful and make cute little gifts to bring to loved ones back home!
Written February 13, 2021
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Lana P
Lake Saint Louis, MO26 contributions
Friends
This was a great place to meet the workers and they show you how to make their products. We tried what they were making, from making new bags out of recycled paper and making our own bracelets and necklaces. They had many wonderful products to chose from. I highly recommend to try out making their products. It gives you a great feel on how many steps it takes to making one product.
Written May 17, 2021
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Vanessa H
23 contributions
Friends
This place is amazing! I love that they employee handicap people, no where else that I know of does this in Tanzania. The items they make are beautiful, I bought half the store! I highly suggest going there if you have some spare time. There is a little something for everyone.
Written February 6, 2020
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Jambo to you Vanessa, Thank you for coming to Shanga and the support you have given by purchasing our "made by love in Shanga products". We are even more grateful that you love what we do and you made time to have some fun with our team. We do hope you liked the goodies you got from Shanga. Karibu tena Shanga( Welcome back to Shanga)
Written February 10, 2020
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