Collaborative Music Cafe & Boutique for Positive Impact

For: Art Promoters Foundation Tanzania
Organizer: Art Promoters Foundation Tanzania
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 34 donors
40% Complete
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The Story

Support APF Tanzania achieve our vision of creating a collaborative art space in Bagamoyo! We aim to establish a music cafe and unique clothing boutique featuring naSuma - Socially Conscious Fashion to sustain ongoing projects in the community. Don't forget to check out our fun perks listed at the bottom!

The Space

Music Cafe and Boutique will offer locals and tourists alike an inviting, comfortable and unique space to relax, share ideas, engage with local musicians and artists, shop and explore the rich hertiage of Tanzania. Bagamoyo has long been a cultural hub for tourists from near and far, but there are few places that offer visitors a chance to really interact with the artists themselves while making a positive impact in the community. The Cafe and Boutique will continue to support the social initatives of APF including Kulawa Children's Drumming and Dance Group and Inua fund for women's empowerment.

About APF

APF is a locally registered Tanzanian-based organization that aims to promote sustainable development and encourage economic empowerment through promotion of the arts. Currently, APF offers local cultural tours and music lessons, operates a recording studio for local musicians, holds weekly youth workshops for drumming and dance, and runs a clothing line (naSuma) that supports a fund (Inua) to provide women in the community with continued arts education and training. For more information about APF, please visit our website:


Our vision is to create a collaborative space in Bagamoyo that features all the different expressions of art present in the community from painting to music, tailoring to batik, and carving to cooking. We aim to attract local and foreign clients interested in sharing experiences, relaxing, and learning about Tanzanian culture. The aim of the café is to create a space that is welcoming for tourists to relax or locals to come for work, a meeting, or a cup of coffee with a friend. We hope to host local musicians for concerts and to screen films and documentaries to raise awareness about relevant issues. Clothing created through the naSuma program will be on sale along with hand-made traditional music instruments, carvings, and paintings, all created by local artisans. The proceeds from all of the programs will continue to support the community and the arts through APF’s ongoing programs and women’s empowerment through Inua fund.

Services and Programs

The following is a list of services and programs that will be available in the space:

  • Café serving coffee, smoothies, milkshakes, soda, beer, and wine as well as daily specials of local dishes (pilau, fruit salad, soup, rice and beans, etc.) with a comfortable space for customers to relax, read, work, socialize, and share.
  • Clothing Boutique and Artisan Shop featuring locally made clothing from naSuma, hand-made traditional instruments, carvings, paintings, and jewelry. For more information on the clothing line, please visit: 
  • Music Venue and Workshop Space that will host small events to promote local musicians, workshops to benefit community members, and movie screenings.

Social Impact

By supporting the development of the collaborative art space, you are investing in a program that will continue to support and fund social initiatives in Bagamoyo including:

  • Inua - profits from the clothing line, naSuma, support this fund that organizes workshops in the community. These workshops aim to provide additional training for women in the arts (particularly tailoring) to promote economic empowerment. Women with economic independence are more likely to invest in their children and their household, thus creating positive change in the community. Inua's most recent workshop provided 4 local tailors with materials and training in batik making (fabric dyeing and design). These batiks are then sold by the women themselves. Inua workshops are offered on a monthly basis if funding allows. With consistent funding from the boutique and cafe, Inua will be able to offer more women with training in the arts and tailoring. 
  • Kulawa - Kulawa offers workshops and lessons in traditional music, instrument making, singing, and dance. Currently, Kulawa support over 30 children in a weekly workshop series that has been in operation for over 2 years. The members perform in festivals throughout Tanzania. Our goal is to be able to provide more training in music recording, computer, English, marketing, and instrument making to empower children with few opportunities for further education. APF's cafe and boutique aim to provide consistent revenue to suppport these iniatives.
  • Fair wages - Many artists and educated Tanzanians are denied fair wages. All clothing and art will be sold at a set price with a fair profit for the artist. Many employees are paid monthly and are therefore forced to work long hours, on weekends, and in uncomfortable conditions. All employees of the cafe will receive fair hourly wages and time off. 
  • Local Artisans - As a collaborative space, the space will provide visibility for local artists and a venue by which they can display their work. "Experience Bagamoyo", APF's cultural tourism program, will also be present at the space. This program engages local stakeholders in the tourism business, such as local dhow trips and bike tours, to continue supporting the local community through tourism.
Your Donation
All funds collected through this fundraiser will go directly to the capital expenses and initial running costs of the project. This includes registration fees, monthly rent, utilities, and wages for staff; furniture, tables, clothing racks, and shelves; kitchen supplies, fridge, stove, coffee machine, blender, etc.; space rennovations, stage construction, painting, and cleaning. An initial invstment in this project will provide the capital needed to create a sustainble model to serve the community and continue to financially support APF and Inua in their education and arts initatives in Bagamoyo. 

All supporters will be updated regularly on the progress of the project with photos, blog posts, and email updates!

Donation Perks

$20 or more: Facebook shoutout!
Shout out on our Facebook page!

$50 or more: Handmade Tanzanian Card
All donors of $50 or more will receive a personally written "Thank You" card from APF on a handmade card. The cards are made by women in vulnerable situations in Tanzania that sell the cards for income to support their families. Many of these women are widows, HIV positive, and/or single mothers of multiple children so you're donation will continue to give and support economic empowerment of women in need. 

$150 or more: Msafiri Zawose CD "Mbotela"
All donors of $150 or more will receive a handwritten card as well as a physical copy of Msafiri Zawose's solo album, Mbotela, recorded in the US in 2013. The album features 8 acoustic Gogo songs. More info on the album can be found here:

$300 or more: Tanzanian Kanga
All donors of $300 or more will receive a piece of Tanzanian Kanga, a CD, and a handmade card. The kanga is worn by Tanzanian women and used for many purposed in Tanzanian life. They have messages written on the bottom in Swahili that are meant for different occassions. 

$500 or more: Handmade Gogo Instrument
All donors of $500 or more will receive a handwritten handmade card, a copy of Msafiri Zawose's album Mbotela, and a handmade traditional limba, an instrument of the Gogo tribe in Central Tanzania. The limba is a thumb piano made from teak wood and metal strings. Images can be found here:

$1,000 or more: Menu Item Named and Name Display in Shop
All donors of $1,000 will receive all of the above mentioned perks, in addition to being recognized as an official APF sponsor on a plaque in the clothing shop and choosing the name of one of our menu items! This can be a favorite dish with your namesake or a wacky name for a milkshake - it's your choice! 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 23, 2014

Posted on May 23, 2014

Big thanks to donors from yesterday!!

- Marge Luttrell
- Christopher Nelson

We are so grateful for your support!

In an effort to be realistic about our fundraising goals and still have sufficient capital to begin the project at a level of quality that we expect from our programs, we have decided to lower our target to $5,000 USD. Please continue to spread the word to help us reach our goal. Investment in local communities promotes growth, empowerment, and economic stability that prevents women and youth from turning to harmful means to support themsevles. 

Asanteni sana ndugu zangu!

Posted on May 22, 2014

Posted on May 22, 2014

Thank you everyone for helping us reach $1,500! We are excited to have our funds matched by Sasamani Foundation. We still have a ways to go to reach our goal, so please continue to spread the word! 

Thank you to our recent donors:
- Anonymous
- Amanda Raposo
- Mark and Susan Nelson
- Kristen Weaver

We are also excited to annouce that we have a short EP of collaborations by Hjerlmuda from Germany and Msafiri Zawose from Tanzania. It can be found at the link below and 100% of proceeds directly support the project! 

3 awesome songs only $3!

Posted on May 19, 2014

Posted on May 19, 2014

We have passed the $1,000 mark and are now only $450 away from reaching $1,500 goal when Sasamani Foundation will match our donations! 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far and to all those who have helped us spread the word. It is humbling to see the support we have received. 

Big thanks to our most recent donors:
- Tim and Monica Nelon
- Haseeb Rahman
- Liz Bonomo
- Hjerlmuda
- Tim and Catherine Witt
- Sam and Cindy Scalise
- Wilkes Family
- Adam Nelson
- Lori, Katie, and Kelsea
- Erin Dowd

Asanteni sana!

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