Marvelous Flotea


This trade relationship is currently not active.

Profile of our partner Marvelous Flotea

Dar es Salaam to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)


Bags and accessories out of Tanzanian fabrics


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – 7,047km away from Contigo in Göttingen, Germany

Founded in 1992


  • 1992: founding of Marvelous Flotea in Tanzania (then as a women initiative)
  • More than 200 producer groups are formed, all workers receive training (mainly women)
  • Contigo meets Marvelous Flotea during an international trade fair

Cooperation with Contigo since 2010

Structure of the busines

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Number of employees:

  • 35 employees (26 women and 9 men)
  • 11 part-time employees during high season (3 women and 8 men)

Organisation of workforce:

  • Quality management, design and administration: 6 women and 3 men
  • Sewing and production: 20 women and 6 men


  • Locally sold (60%)
  • Exports (40%)


  • To promote textile craftsmanship in Dar es Salaam
  • To establish a market for handmade textiles and decorative items
  • To create training opportunities for producer groups (mainly women)
  • To improve market access
  • To expand production capacities
  • To found new producer groups
  • To create jobs and generate additional income

Special features

  • Marvelous Flotea is very supportive of women groups
  • Fabric is imported from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The public is still suffering from the consequences of the war and desperately needs new markets for their products
  • Awards:
  1. 2009: Winner for Best Innovative Product for Modern Home (awarded by the president of the WFTO in Kathmandu, Nepal)
  2. 2008: Winner for Women Entrepreneur – Handicraft and Textiles – Access Tanzania
  3. 2007: Third place at Business Plan Competition – BID Tanzania
  4. 2006: Second place at World Women Day – National Awards Tanzania
  5. 2004: Winner for Best Products – Gatsby Trust


Fairtrade classification

FTA = Fairtrade Approved


Fair Trade Aspects

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No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV

Fair wages

  • Average wage in the sector within the region: US $80
  • Wage at Marvelous Flotea: similar to average above
  • Monthly wage is paid by check

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day
  • 1 break (1 hour)
  • 5 days/week

Social benefits:

  • Coverage of medical expenses
  • Continued payment of wage in case of sickness or accident
  • Paid holidays
  • Commuting costs are covered
  • Lunch provided

Educational opportunities:

  • An offering of trainings aimed specifically at women

Occupational safety:

  • Protective clothing provided


  • Payroll submitted to Contigo
  • Pay slips submitted to Contigo
  • Partner Fairtrade Profile submitted to Contigo




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Author: Janina Lange on 4. February 2016

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