The “Value Chain Mapping for Key Products in Lesotho’s Creative Industries” analyzes the wool and mohair, and basketry artisan value chains in Lesotho. This research developed a plan to transform the artisan sector of Lesotho into a viable industry. The research is based on public data, interviews, focus groups, benchmarking of the craft sectors of neighboring countries, and historical perspectives.
Our research supports women’s economic security and empowerment. The study was undertaken through a partnership with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), as part of an MCC initiative to promote learning around approaches to advancing women’s economic security and empowerment in its country programs. This partnership was also undertaken to inform the development of MCC’s Compact with the Government of Lesotho (GoL), which will seek to support women entrepreneurs.
Our investigation focused on studying all links in the artisan value chain: the global market potential of wool and mohair, and basketry products; the production capacity of an aging workforce; and the lack of wool and mohair processing facilities in Lesotho. We conducted 395 Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) and meetings to acquire the data needed to draw a value chain map for each sector. The report presents two value chain maps based on the template map in the study “Global Value Chain Analysis: Concepts and Approaches” by the United States International Trade Commission.