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home goods - Kazi

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KAZI is a company that offers home goods in order to change lives. They offer contemporary, handcrafted goods such as vases, trays, table settings, wall décor, and storage bins. They have created partnerships with artisans across Africa to help them earn a fair wage so they can provide for their family. 

KAZI was founded by Greg Stone and Alicia Wallace. Their mission is to connect consumers to beautiful goods that tell a story. When you purchase one of their products, you’re not only supporting the artisan who made it but you’re helping them support their families as well.  

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beauty and the beach bag - Indego Africa

artisanal, bags, baskets, cause conscious, community, cooperatives, education, fashion, global, handbag, handmade, job creation, upcyclededen tirlComment
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Indego Africa is a non-profit that pairs a NYC-based design team with female artisans in Rwanda and Ghana to create stylish and expertly crafted goods.  All of their goods are created by hand using traditional techniques of weaving, block printing, beading, embroidery, wood carving, and metal shaping. A classic example of the highly-skilled sweetgrass weaving technique can be found in the gorgeous and versatile Palm Tote! Perfect for beach days or a trip to the market, the Palm Tote is a beautiful way to make a statement with your accessory while renewing your commitment to help break the cycle of poverty.

Founded in 2007, Indego Africa believes that education is the key to long-term empowerment.  To that end, they are committed to providing fair wages as well as leadership training, business classes, technology workshops, and public health programs to the artisans they partner with to create Indego Africa’s designs.  100% of their profits, combined with grants and private donations, go back to the artisan’s communities. As of 2017, they have positively impacted 1,100 women in Rwanda and Ghana.

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