Prescraft, a craft cooperative of the Presbyterian Church based in northwest Cameroon, has enabled hundreds of disadvantaged producers to sell West African handicrafts within the fair trade market.
Prescraft’s goals are to provide employment for rural artisans, minimize migration from the rural areas to the cities, preserve indigenous craft skills, provide professional training, and instill self-confidence in artisans. Prescraft operates several production centers where there are apprenticeship programs for disadvantaged youth to learn from experienced artisans. Crafts include baskets, pottery, woodcarvings, brass castings and musical instruments. Working in a group improves the quality standard of products and raises production capacity. Artisans are given advances for raw material for their work and access to an assistance fund to help cover the cost of education, healthcare, and housing.
Bamessing-Nsei is a traditional potter's village where there is a Prescraft pottery center. Potters carry on with their traditional trade while widening the range of its products through new techniques available at the center such as the potter's wheel, glazing and wood kiln firing. Designers from abroad help the potters to develop new and exciting designs. Prescraft is committed to a sustainable environment by keeping up a fuel plantation and running a reforestation program with the village farmers.