Baobab Batik (Under African Skies Ltd)

General Information

IndustryTextiles and clothing

Organisation typeCompany

Company Address 10 Ngongoni Road,
M204, Malkerns,

Phone number+26825283242

Fax number+26825283242

Web page

Company Address

Contact Information

Contact Person Mrs. Signhild Thorne
Managing Director



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Project typeTrade intermediary (distributor, importer, agent, representative)

Project abstractBaobab Batik (Under African Skies Ltd), is a social enterprise from Swaziland providing sustainable work opportunities for local women specialised in production of handmade batik home décor and fashion accessories. Baobab Batik is searching for Finnish partners for start of distribution of its products in Finland and the Scandinavian countries.

Project descriptionBaobab Batik (Under African Skies Ltd), is a social enterprise established in 2014 and based in Malkerns, Swaziland. The company currently employs 35 local women artisans.

The company produces handmade batik home décor such as cushion covers, wall art and fashion accessories such as scarves and leggings. The company is a founding member of Eswatini Fair Trade and they operate according to the 10 Fair trade principles. According to Baobab Batik is a social enterprise, where they aim to bridge the gap between rich and poor, and support their 35 women artisans to become leaders in their families and communities. The company has uploaded videos about their production of handmade batik products. The videos can be watched here. They also have an Instagram page.

The customers so far have been from Swaziland, South Africa. The company has been exporting products for many years, mainly to small enterprises running fair trade businesses and their products have been exported also to the US, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Australia.

Baobab Batik is currently looking for a business partner and a reseller who could sell the products in Finland and possibly also in the Scandinavian market. For export sales their main focus is on cushion covers for home décor, and scarves for fashion accessories. As the products are handmade, their production capacity is limited to 1500 units per month.


Number of employees10-49

Annual turnover in €0 - 0,5 million

Annual balance sheet total0 - 0,5 million

Certifications, standardsFair Trade

Already engaged in international co-operationYes

Percentage of transnational activities10 to 49%