Handicraft village

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Handicraft villages were created through decree No 2013/0009/PM of 07 January 2013. So far there exist an International Handicraft Centre located in Yaounde at the intendance round about beside the Yaounde Central Market, 09 Regional Handicraft Villages and 02 Special Handicraft Villages. The table below presents the various villages.

** Table of handicraft villages

 No Handicraft Village             Location Coordinator Contacts
1 Yaounde International Handicraft Centre Intendance Round about, beside the Yaounde Central Market. M. ALOMA Martin Bienvenu 699708371


2 Bamenda Regional Handicraft Village Mile four Nkwen, Bamenda III Sub Division Mr. KIMBI Tashing Ngwang 677885626
3 Bafoussam Regional Handicraft Village Toket quarter, Bafoussam I Sub Division M. NANA Eddy Merlin 675647869
4 Bertoua Regional Handicraft Village KOUME quarter, Bertoua I Sub Division Nandanga Céline 671004596
5 Douala Regional Handicraft Village Yassa, Douala III Sub Division Mr. MPOMANG NDONGO Florentin 673160962


6 Ebolowa Regional Handicraft Village Situated at round point ELAT Ebolowa I Sub Division ABANDA ESSAMA Adolphe 677140012


7 Garoua Regional Handicraft Village Roumdé Adjia quarter, Garoua II Sub Division. Ousman Mohaman 677652577


8 Maroua Regional Handicraft Village Situated at Para quarter, Maroua I Sub Division Monsieur Ousmanou Garba 696852039


9 Ngaoundéré Regional Handicraft Village Mardock quarter, Ngaoundéré II Sub Division M. Maigari Warda 694441784


10 Limbe Regional Handicraft Village Mile 4, Limbe I Sub Division Madam Shirley AYUK OBI 651321940
11 Foumban Special Handicraft Village  Located at Mbouogam Ndineké, Foumban Sub Division Mountapmbémo Abel Jaurés 699692931


12 Mbalmayo Special Handicraft Village Ngallan quarter, Nyong et SO’O Division Joanna Arlette Obama Ngamougou 696543211


** The activities of the handicraft villages

  • Handicraft villages are responsible for collective activities relating to:
  • Development of craftspeople know-how;
  • Designing catalogues of best craft products;
  • Improve on the quality, performance and productivity of craftspeople lodged in the handicraft villages;
  • Identify new technologies that could help craftspeople improve on their job;
  • Search for information relating to the supply of raw materials for the production of craft products;
  • Set up and partition shops according to the sectors of activities of craft persons;
  • Organization of competitions for craft works and promotional sales of craft products;
  • Identification and selection of training partners;
  • Identification and supervision of craftspeople dealing with products of high potentials.


** The role of Handicraft villages

  • The reception and orientation of the general public;
  • The training of crafts persons and Professional Organizations of Craftspeople;
  • The production of handicraft products;
  • The exposition of handicraft products;
  • The promotion and commercialization of handicraft products.

** Specificities

The specificity of each village depends on the type of products manufactured in the areas. This can also be linked to cultural and traditional ties.

** Their vitality and contributions to the development of the country

  • Identify and bring out the talents of young craftspeople through the little activities they operate;
  • Enable craftspeople to gain more visibility and exposure;
  • Generate non tax revenues which could be inserted in the budget in subsequent years.

*** Overview