Outlet for more than 200 artisans and artisan families, most in impoverished circumstances or communities who do not have access to the developed world's markets.
Every purchase provides sustainable employment and income.
All products are made under fair trade contracts; every artisan or family receives a livable wage above local market rates.
100% of total net profits are returned to the same communities for their NGO grassroots HIV/AIDS programs.
US and Canadian taxpayers benefit in that a portion of the purchase may be tax deductible.
Of all the major challenges facing the world, none is more lethal nor more globally pervasive than the blight and trauma of HIV and Aids."
Nelson Mandela, The Times, 2005.
How does one give hope to someone looking for work in a continent dominated by poverty, illiteracy, disease, and death from AIDS?
How does one do that when the minimum unemployment rate in the Sub-Saharan part is 40% with many areas greater than 75% and some reach 100%?
Provide entrepreneurial opportunities and micro financing to the impoverished and unemployed.
They apply their talent and skills producing unique, world-class, original art and crafts.
In partnership we offer the product to the world market with the online store providing customers 24/7 access to the current era’s greatest living stone artists and many other unique items.
When we are gone, we want it said that when we saw millions suffering, millions more at risk, millions more orphaned, and a whole continent in danger of dying; we stood up and did our best to bring hope and support! If each of us cares for one other person, this human crisis can be reversed!
TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT US AND COME BACK SOON!
While African governments and educated elites are following the global banking crisis closely, the vast majority of their people have little grasp of sub-prime mortgages, toxic assets, bank bailouts and trillion dollar financial rescue plans. However, many do understand that when the rich world catches a financial fever, the planet's poorest may end up hurting too.
Most Africans don't have a bank account, a car or a house of their own, let alone a mortgage. Many have not heard of the global financial crisis that sent markets tumbling, forcing governments in the developed world to divvy up hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out collapsed banks and try to calm anguished homeowners and savers. The only crisis they know of is surviving day by day, where the vast majority barely earns enough to feed their family and rent sparse accommodation usually just one room. Welcome to Main Street Africa -- sprawling cities of dusty streets, swarms of poor and unemployed, chaotic traffic, and bustling markets -- a world away from Europe or the United States in levels of individual wealth and of expectations.
Across the world's poorest continent, millions in overcrowded cities and the remote bush eke out an existence on one or two dollars a day. Death, hunger, and disease are the daily lot of many, especially in conflict zones like Darfur, Somalia, eastern Chad and Democratic Republic of Congo or the political unrest and hyperinflation of Zimbabwe.
In these difficult economic times, any one anywhere can make a difference!
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After you register, you get a minimum five percent discount on every retail order for life with promo code 'orphans'!
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