Africa Foundation, in partnership with Global Gift Innovators, provide training and support to three craft markets, ideally located near to safari tourism hot-spots in South Africa. Collectively called "LaLa Africa: African Artisan Shoppe", these craft markets are run by the crafters themselves - a total of 49 women from rural households neighbouring the conservation parks.
Intensive craft development, financial and business literacy and marketing training is provided to the crafters at all three markets, to develop entrepreneurs who manage profitable and sustainable businesses selling unique high-quality gifts.
The training programme has been an undeniable success however all three craft markets have been dependent on the tourism market, to sell their goods. WIth COVID-19 travel restrictions and subsequent closure of the tourist sector, all craft markets have been denied their customer base, and are no longer generating any income.
Global Gift Innovators and Africa Foundation are assisting the crafters in establishing an online shop to open up opportunities to reach customers. We are also diversifying their product lines, providing training in the production of cloth face-masks - the new must-have accessory.
Our goal is to continue to empower these businesses to function, creating as many opportunities as possible to continue to produce and sell. We recognise however, that there are times in life, when there is value to giving a little 'helping hand'.
Through this campaign you can make a donation towards the craft markets to:
1. Fund the purchase of supplies which will enable the crafters to increase their profit margins.
2. Make a donation towards sanitisers and surface cleaners required to ensure a safe environment for the crafters who are returning to work.
3. Place an order for cloth facemasks or other products to be made by the crafters - international shipping available. Contact email@example.com for more information about orders.
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