These Women Farm Sea Sponges in Zanzibar – Diversifying Income and Giving Fish a Break

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In an area characterized by poverty, overexploitation of sea resources and high unemployment, women in Jambiani in southeast Zanzibar are beginning to farm sea sponges as a more reliable source of income.

Organized by, a small non-profit in Zanzibar headquartered in Zurich, 3-4 sea sponge farms are being launched every year to help unemployed or single mothers support their families.

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