Do you want to support underprivileged communities in Africa but can’t travel right now to volunteer first hand? Don’t worry – there are other ways you can help! One of these is through shopping:
Artisan Connect is a new online store where you can buy beautiful and unique home décor products handcrafted by global artisans including many from Africa.
Their mission is to help sustain artisans by providing a fair return for their crafts, celebrating the beauty and individual craftsmanship of their work which draws upon the traditions of the places where they live.
Artisan Connect is offering all African Impact past, present or future volunteers 20% off any item in their store through December 2014.
Here is their message:
Artisan Connect sprang from our founder Amanda North’s love of travel, and her desire to help artisans thrive around the world. Today our team scours the developing world for beautiful items handmade by artisans to offer on our website. We source through small artisan collectives and other organizations who provide social services and ensure the artisans are paid living wages for their products, a huge improvement over what they have been paid historically. Through supporting these organizations, Artisan Connect and our customers are able to bring clean water, medical clinics, education, and other social services to the artisans' communities.
We carry lovely products from artisans in Kenya, Swaziland, South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia. Each item we sell comes with the story of the artisans that craft the items. See their wonderful handcrafted items below - touchstones of the world beyond your doorstep - to grace your home or serve as special gifts for others.
View some of their featured African products below:
To receive 20% off, simply enterthe code Africa20 at checkout. Visit http://shop.artisanconnect.com/ for more.