African art, trade beads and ethnic jewelry are both business and passion for Sara and me. We started buying African art twenty years ago as gifts for our children, four of whom are adopted and are African-American. We had been active in anti-apartheid politics for some time. In 1994, when Mandela was elected, we took the three still-at-home kids out of school and moved to southern Africa for eight months. We bought a used food panel van, converted it into a camper and traveled fifteen thousand miles through South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Swaziland. We weren’t consciously beginning a business…but we noticed we were buying more than we could keep, give away, or sell at garage sales. In the beginning, we did shows and held open houses. Now eBay, Etsy and our website, AfricaDirect.com, are the primary ways we sell.
Bolgatanga is the largest town in the Upper East region of Ghana, about 20 miles South of the Burkina Faso border and very close to the edge of the Sahara Desert. The sun roasts the villages of northern Ghana year round, except during the 2-3 months of rainy season when it rains, rains, rains. The people living there are traditionally farmers and herdsman, but with its variable climate farming is very difficult. Local women supplement the family income by weaving the baskets we refer to as Bolga baskets which are hand-woven using locally-grown straw.
Since it started back in 1991, Akente Express has been Denver’s most complete African shopping center—Period. We carry a hand-selected collection of the finest kente cloth, African art and crafts, as well as beauty products. Denver-based and family owned & operated—we’re proud to source and import all of our products, responsibly.
I shop from local markets searching for beautiful beads and ornaments symbolic of the local women’s custom
Anania Jewelry is named in honor of my daughter, Anania, because of the joy she brings to my life. Anania means Unique.
The seed for Circle of Hands Uganda was planted in January, 2009 when the founder, Linda M. Schutter began volunteering for a Boulder, CO-based non-profit called Educate!. Educate! has created an innovative education system in Uganda to develop a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs who will solve the challenges of poverty, disease, violence, and environmental degradation. Through mentorship and leadership training, their students create self-sustaining enterprises and initiatives.
K Shoes Foundation is an award winning 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created and supported by the founders of K Shoes. K Shoes is a fair-trade shoes enterprise in Kibera with a global social impact mission. Kibera is the largest urban slum in Africa located in Nairobi, Kenya, with 75 percent of the population under the age of 18.
Our mission is to support youth in Kenya to establish educational opportunities, leadership development through scholarships and mentoring programs, for long term outcomes of meaningful and sustainable development and economic self sufficiency.
Momentum exists as a business to create and inspire social change by providing socially responsible choices to everyday purchases. At Momentum you will discover a world of meaningful things specifically chosen to satisfy your personal style and social conscience. Whether you are searching for home furnishings or handbags, bath products or baby gifts, Momentum offers a unique array of fairly traded products. Every item Momentum carries is crafted by the human hand, tells a story and provides employment opportunities for artisan groups around the world.
Our journey began humbly in 2018 with our first Msasa African Market Conservatory Green at Stapleton. We were excited and humbled by the support we received from the community and we look forward to Msasa African Market 2019.