Address
222 Rue Des Lauriers, Belle Vue Phare, Albion, Mauritius

Work Hours
Monday to Friday: 10AM - 5PM
Weekend: Closed

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

ABOUT

What began as a necessity to support artisans and marginalised communities in Southern Africa has evolved into a borderless endeavour, encompassing Imiloa Collective’s vision to transcend geographical boundaries and uplift individuals globally.

Recognizing the need for economic opportunities and support, Imiloa Collective initiated its mission in Mauritius, driven by a desire to preserve traditional crafts, promote sustainability, and foster diversity in the arts and creative sectors. As Imiloa’s impact expanded, so did its scope, reaching across continents to support underserved communities in the United States, specifically in Houston, as well as in Southern Africa and the UK. This expansion reflects Imiloa’s commitment to creating a global community united by a shared passion for creativity, craftsmanship, and social impact. Through initiatives focused on entrepreneurship, skill-building and economic empowerment, Imiloa Collective continues to bridge cultures and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, embodying its vision of a world where borders cease to limit opportunities for growth and prosperity.
 
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GET INVOLVED
Make a purposeful impact and help create economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world where livelihoods, communities, and craft traditions are marginal or at risk.
 
Partner With Us

Manufacturing

Our initiatives partners with designers, retailers, and companies to complete manufacturing orders. We specialize in creating products for home décor, accessories, jewelry, apparel, and other fabric and textile goods.

Hire Our Artisans

We are looking to build connections with partners who have manufacturing needs. We cater to custom projects, and we work to match your needs to our artisans’ skills.
We can provide you with samples of your item(s). We will work with you to guide the product development and sourcing. We guarantee the quality and delivery of your products.

Become a Retailer

Become a retailer and join various outlets in supporting handcrafted goods. We can also work with you to customize a line that is exclusive to your store.

Workshops and Training

We connect our artisans to corporate and private educational  bookings. Our platform creates an intimate setting for our artisans to  demonstrate and exchange  their skill sets and knowledge. Our workshops provide an integrated approach to deep-rooted cultures and handmade traditions, craft and technique development, and eco-effective processes.

For more details , information, enquiries, bookings or order placements, please contact [email protected]
THE FAM
Soleil Footwear
Soleil Footwear
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Soleil Footwear adapts a craft employability scheme in which we provide training, upskilling, empowering and employing those from less fortunate backgrounds and with disabilities.

30:30
30:30
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3030 is a platform highlighting the importance of sustainability and utilizing local resources. 3030 focuses on building the emergence of eco artisans/ entrepreneurs in Africa - supporting eco artisans, promoting renewable resources and educating the fundamental values and importance of sustainable goods and production.

The Good Shop Repair
The Good Shop Repair
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Imiloa Collective is one of the founding partners of The Good Shop Repair, Renew, Recycle. In collaboration with The Good Shop we support local communities and women empowerment by providing jobs through extending the life of goods, garments and textiles through repair and recycle.

The Movement
The Movement
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Our project, The Movement is aimed with the belief that cultural interaction enriches all artforms and creative practices. We encourage, support and help to encompass inclusive intercultural activities that explore communities from a range of national, ethnic or cultural groups.

Weave Wove Woven
Weave Wove Woven
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Weave, Wove, Woven is a capacity building programme with project partner, Cahaya Morphosis for women from disadvantaged communities and women entrepreneurs . Focusing on the traditional craft of pandanus (vacoas) weaving, we aim to teach, learn and improve our trainees ability to use traditional craft techniques, build upon their entrepreneurial skills and create sustainably.

Community Cloth, USA
Community Cloth, USA
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Advisory Board Member

The Community Cloth is a microenterprise initiative empowering refugee women in Houston, USA . As a board member, we aim to not only assist and support the refugee artisans in the USA. But to also aid a network of artisans, women entrepreneurs & those from marginalized communities in Africa too.
Through traditional craft we will be strengthening our cross-cultural connections by creating a marketplace for our collaborative artisanal products as well as training , workshops and lots more!

Projects
  • The Hive

    The Hive is a   Coworking, Fully-Serviced & Meeting Room space/s for entrepreneurs, small businesses and corporates. Located across the island. Our interior design project involved upcycling  and converting old and throwaway furniture into contemporary furnishing for their work spaces and offices.

  • The Garage

    A project devised by Caudan Arts Centre.

    We collaboratively designed their interior furnishing through recycling and upcycling  waste items into unique furnishing

  • PAWS

    PAWS, Protection of Animals Welfare Society strives to improve animal welfare in Mauritius. PAWS is a non Governmental Organisation and relies today on donations and fundraising to finance its activities. We collaborated with the charity to help create their personalised merchandise and products to raise funds for their initiative..

  • Kaz'alala

    Kaz’alala unique guesthouse provides authentic connections to the community of Bel Ombre through its commitment to Responsible Tourism. It is committed to local staffing and upskilling through on-the-job training, sourcing of fresh produce from the region and genuine care for the environment through no single-use plastic from the onset.

    We collaborated with their Interior designers at Lemon and Lime to provide artisanal features to their location.

  • Heritage Resorts

    In collaboration with Heritage Resorts Mauritius - Luxury Resorts and Villas in Mauritius  and  ID VK Design, Imiloa Collective provided structural artisanal features to their exclusive Zafarani Indian restaurant at the Heritage Awali.

  • British Council

    Imiloa Collective is one of the key arts partners alongside their sister initiatives  in curating pilot exhibitions for the British Council and  event spaces. Their collaboration also includes ‘corporate’ giveaways to sustainable products which are produced by our women entrepreneurs and eco artisans.

    Imiloa collective has also been awarded various funding and grant opportunities  by the British Council, British High Commission and  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office  for cultural creative  projects across Southern Africa and  the UK.

  • Fashion Design Institute

    Our project, The Movement, is working, supporting and engaging with  educational institutes. Our educational programme is inspired  by African cultural craft and fostering our connection to the world around us where we  explore repurposing, reinventing and  the reuse of materials through traditional craft with emphasis on  sustainable, social and community impact.

    In short, our programme involves an array of engaging talks, workshops, live and practical demonstrations hosted both online and in-person with our team of crafters, designers and creatives.

    We engage with students   to showcase, teach, demonstrate and highlight the traditional craft , inform and enrich the  younger generation about culturally diverse interaction, exchange  and experimentation.

  • Tomorrow Together Festival

    Imiloa Collective alongside our South African  partner,  Twyg have  organized  a Southern African hybrid event, called the Tomorrow Together Festival.

    Our festival celebrates sustainability and circular solutions in fashion and design throughout Africa . We also support and highlight  the steady growth of the various  cultural movements across Southern Africa that promote ethical, sustainable  and creative endeavors.

  • Global Rainbow Foundation

    Global Rainbow Foundation aims at empowering differently abled persons and vulnerable groups through education and training. With our collaboration  with GRF we work with their groups through our creative entrepreneurship  training. Our training helps develop creative   integration,  employment opportunities and encourages them to strengthen their self-esteem.  Our collective aim is  organizing awareness-raising activities and products aimed at changing attitudes, mentalities and stereotypical perceptions towards people with disabilities.

  • European Union - Sustainable Island Mauritius

    In collaboration with the NGO Beautiful  Localhands, we created customized sustainable products to demonstrate and  highlight local craftsmanship and the awareness and market of sustainable tourism products for the Sustainable Island Mauritius (SIM)  funded by the European Union.

  • The Lux Collective
    A collaboration working with manufacturers,  Marble & Stones  and  Interior Designer, Kelly Hoppen to create intricate lighting features for the Lux Hotel Grand Baie  by our creative team of artisans.
EVENTS
  • 18 May 2023 17:00 – 19:00
    29 May 2024 09:00 – 17:00

    AAPA 2024

    Made In Houston Marketplace

    Location: AAPA 2024 Expo inside the George R. Brown Convention Center – Halls B3 and A3
    AAPA 2024
  • 23 July 2022

    Ble Kouler Lakaz

    Unleash your inner artist at Ble Kouleur Lakaz exhibition..

    Ble Kouler Lakaz
  • 2022

    British Council

    Official sponsors and Judge of The Study UK Alumni Awards 2022

    British Council
  • September 2022

    Chagos Creative Entrepreneurship

    In collaboration with UK Government and British Council Mauritius

    Chagos Creative Entrepreneurship
  • September 2022

    Make! Craft! Live!

    On their 50th anniversary, we are pleased to announce that the @CraftsCouncil have selected our Chagossian Creative Entrepreneur Project funded by the UK Government in collaboration with the British Council as a Make! Craft Live! partner

    Make! Craft! Live!
  • 16 December 2022 - 10 January 2023

    Ble Kouler Lakaz

    Come see our project and exhibition at Caudan Art Centre as part of Imiloa's Creative Entrepreneurship Programme for the Chagossian community. Funded by the UK Government in collaboration with the British Council

    Ble Kouler Lakaz
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