Our story so far...

Africa always seems to give far more to the visitor than they could ever do in return. To us, Africa has inspired to the extent that an urge has arisen to give something back…

We founded Arts for Africa out of the belief that we can help create a better Africa for people to live through the power of their art. The isolated basket weaving communities in Northern Botswana and Zimbabwe are guardians of one of Africa’s most valuable cultural heritage. Each basket carries a tale – of dedication and skill passed on from mother to child, of traditional stories woven into its design, and of the hardships that come with rural life in Africa.

By creating an international sales platform, Arts for Africa aims to provide the weavers with an opportunity to showcase and sell their exquisite works of art across the globe and establish independent, sustainable livelihoods. We call it trade aid.

Over the years, we have had the privilege of joining hands with incredibly talented weavers, cooperatives, NGO’s and the inspiring people that make it happen. They have become part of our team as we work together to transform lives through art.

 

Back in time...

Etsha, 1984 – The landrover ploughed for hours on end through thick sand tracks leading up the Okavango pan-handle towards Shakawe. We stopped at one of the Etsha villages at a borehole to refill our jerrycans. Smiling locals came crowding round, displaying the first Botswana baskets we ever purchased. Little did we know that these fond memories would one day mature into Arts for Africa.

The 1984 baskets still adorn our walls and stand testimony to the quality of these exquisite masterpieces. They have transformed our lives…

As drought, disease and hunger threaten these communities ever more, we have decided to step in, help make a difference and keep the cultural heritage of basketry alive. 

Sylvia, Richard, Roberta, Erik and Anna founded Arts for Africa in 2015 and make up our core team. 

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