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Empowering Sustainable Hide Curing and Leatherworks Hide Curing and Secondary Leatherworks

Turning hides into leather to enrich communities

The technology "Hide Curing and Secondary Leatherworks" emphasizes the importance of properly treating animal hides for maximum value. Hides, after meat, are the next most valuable product from livestock. They can be processed into various products like shoes, handbags, and clothing, provided skilled artisans and appropriate materials are available.


This technology is TAAT1 validated.


Scaling readiness: idea maturity 8/9; level of use 8/9

1,000 USD

Investment cost

ROI: $$$ 100 %


Open source / open access


  • Value Loss from Untreated Hides: Without proper treatment, hides, which are highly valuable, may be discarded or used as food along with the carcass.
  • Lack of Skilled Artisans: Processing hides requires specific skills and materials. The shortage of skilled artisans hinders the realization of hide value.
  • Limited Economic Opportunities in Local Communities: Communities with access to hides may lack the means to process them, missing out on potential economic benefits.
  • Inefficient Processing Methods: Without effective curing and tanning methods, hides may not be preserved optimally, resulting in lower-quality products.
  • Market Access and Diversification: Limited access to markets and a narrow range of leather products can restrict the economic potential of the industry.
  • Untapped Potential for Entrepreneurs: Young entrepreneurs may not have the means or knowledge to enter the leather industry, missing out on income-generating opportunities.


  • Treat hides properly by cleaning, drying, and using special methods. This makes sure they're not wasted and can be used to make valuable products like bags and shoes.
  • Teach people the skills needed to work with hides. Provide them with the right tools and materials so they can process hides effectively.
  • Help local communities set up small businesses to process hides. This way, they can make products and sell them for profit.
  • Use better ways to cure and tan hides. This keeps them in good condition and results in higher-quality products.
  • Help connect people who process hides to markets where they can sell their products. Encourage them to make a variety of leather items, not just one kind.

Key points to design your business plan

This technology is beneficial for manufacturers:

Integrating hide curing and secondary leatherworks technology is instrumental in maximizing the value of livestock production beyond meat. This technology ensures that animal hides are properly treated and transformed into valuable leather products like shoes, handbags, and clothing. 

To effectively integrate this technology:

  • Understand the process: Learn the techniques involved in hide curing and secondary leatherworks, including cleaning, drying, and tanning, to ensure the hides are not wasted and can be transformed into valuable products.
  • For the cost structure, a modest investment of about 1,000 USD establishes a local leatherworks business.
  • Goat or sheep skin of about 0.5 m2 are worth about 7 USD each. It costs about 1.5 USD to purchase a fresh hide and another 2 USD to cure it, resulting in an investment return of about 100%. 
  • Training is crucial for proper implementation,

By following these steps, communities can maximize the value of their livestock production through hide curing and secondary leatherworks, creating economic opportunities and promoting sustainability.


Positive or neutral impact

Adults 18 and over
Positive high
The poor
Positive high
Positive high

Positive or neutral impact

Climate adaptability
It adapts really well
It doesn't hurt them
Carbon footprint
It reduces emissions a lot
It makes a big difference
Water usage
It uses a lot less water

Countries with a green colour
Tested & adopted
Countries with a bright green colour
Countries with a yellow colour
Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burundi Burkina Faso Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Côte d’Ivoire Eritrea Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Cameroon Kenya Libya Liberia Madagascar Mali Malawi Morocco Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Republic of the Congo Rwanda Zambia Senegal Sierra Leone Zimbabwe Somalia South Sudan Sudan South Africa Eswatini Tanzania Togo Tunisia Chad Uganda Western Sahara Central African Republic Lesotho
Countries where the technology has been tested and adopted
Country Tested Adopted
Burkina Faso Not tested Adopted
Cameroon Not tested Adopted
Ethiopia Not tested Adopted
Kenya Not tested Adopted
Mali Not tested Adopted
Niger Not tested Adopted
Nigeria Not tested Adopted
Senegal Not tested Adopted
South Sudan Not tested Adopted
Tanzania Not tested Adopted
Uganda Not tested Adopted
Zimbabwe Not tested Adopted

This technology can be used in the colored agro-ecological zones. Any zones shown in white are not suitable for this technology.

Agro-ecological zones where this technology can be used
AEZ Subtropic - warm Subtropic - cool Tropic - warm Tropic - cool

Source: HarvestChoice/IFPRI 2009

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are applicable to this technology.

Sustainable Development Goal 1: no poverty
Goal 1: no poverty
Sustainable Development Goal 3: good health and well-being
Goal 3: good health and well-being
Sustainable Development Goal 6: clean water and sanitation
Goal 6: clean water and sanitation
Sustainable Development Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
Sustainable Development Goal 11: sustainable cities and communities
Goal 11: sustainable cities and communities
Sustainable Development Goal 13: climate action
Goal 13: climate action

  1. Cleaning Hides: Start by making sure the hides are clean and free from any extra bits.
  2. Drying Process: Use special methods to make the hides dry, which can take a bit of time depending on the weather.
  3. Turning into Leather: After the drying process, the hides are transformed into high-quality leather.
  4. Making Valuable Products: This leather can then be used to create valuable items like bags, shoes, and clothing.

Last updated on 22 May 2024