The KIDOTI women’s cooperative exists since twenty years. Twenty rural women are running a small business, producing soap selling it to shops and hotels in northern Unguja.
In 2011, during the first Dada session with the Kidoti women a marketable, contemporary range of soaps was developed based on the group’s pre-existant products and raw materials locally available. The group’s new soap range was branded “Kidoti”.
In a successive Dada session in 2012, the soap packaging was finalized. The combination of a high quality printed label and natural banana leaf has resulted in a product both ethnic and contemporary.
Voila, who says we in Zanzibar can’t make soap?
Kidoti soaps samples have been placed in Lodges in the Northern circuit for market research.
Kidoti soaps available at the Dada/Moto shop in Zanzibar, Stown Town, Hurumzi Street 416
… or through ASILIA, please contact Saidi +255 778183737
Kidoti project funded by http://www.acra.it/
The mustard seeds are carefully sun-dried and then ground on a traditional arabic stone mill.
Freshly mixed with vinegar the mustard seeds preserve their naturally sharp flavour and high content of unsaturated oil and protein.
Enjoy with meats, sausages, cheese, on sandwiches or as an ingredient for sauces and salad dressings.
Visit us and experience Zanzibar cooking culture in Matemwe hands-on!
Come and Cook with us!
Guided and supervised by women from Matemwe village, you can join the Dada cooperatives and get active! You can learn to cook a traditional Zanzibar sauce based on tomato, cassava leaves and freshly grated coconut, or prepare baobab fruits growing on magnificent trees on the Matemwe ridge and turn them into delicious and healthy baobab jam. Additionally, you can make date balls (coconut or baobab), or banana crisps.
After cooking and packaging you can take home your own products.
One group at a time should not exceed 6 people.
Cooking time: 10 am to 1 pm
Visits and participations by appointment only.
+255 (0) 777 466 304
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Fully ripe tomatoes …
Carefully selected sweet and aromatic mangos …
Sour pulp from fruits of ancient baobab trees …
Carefully cleaned seed pods of tamarind trees …
Enhanced with only natural ingredients and a blend of island spices,
Dada sweet’n'sour chutneys are irresistible with meat or cheese, and can be spread on nearly anything.
Dada Beauty Soaps are ornamental soaps inspired by Zanzibar door patterns. Made with palm oil and caring oils such as sunflower, sweet almond, macadamia, olive, baobab, or coconut oil, they remoisturize with a superfat factor of 5% to 8%. Ground herbs, spices, cocoa, coffee, seaweed or sea salt, and natural essential oils, featuring island scents such as clove, cinnamon, sweet basil, lemongrass, and eucalyptus give the soaps wonderful textures and leave the skin clean and gently scented.
Dada – Mother Nature’s Sisters
made in Zanzibar
The Zanzibar islands are full of riches: the lush plantations, the local coral bush, the beaches and the sea, which generously provide us with the majority of the active ingredients of our natural cosmetics.
We at Dada combine indigenous and traditional knowledge, and strive to use wisely what our natural environment has to offer.
We obtain what we need from African tamarind and baobab trees by wild harvest. Neem, guava, moringa and soap nut trees were introduced a long time ago, and are thriving under the harsh conditions on coral rock. Lemongrass and aloe vera are grown in small cultivations, irrigated with water from rain harvest only.
The near-by beach provides us with the beautiful fine-grain white sand for our scrubs, and from the sea we harvest salt and seaweed, the latter cultivated by women of our village.
Our carrier and caring oils are supplied by small scale businesses or projects in Zanzibar and Tanzania, and in the near future we hope to make our own.
Dada cosmetics contain no artificial thickeners, emulsifiers or preservatives, as they are known to cause allergies and rashes. And of course we refrain from using any animal parts.
We try to avoid unnecessary imported packaging material and use recycled bottles and jars as much as possible to minimize rubbish on our beautiful islands and to limit our carbon footprint.