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Fill a Fair Trade Basket

Skip the gift bag and fill a fair trade basket with thoughtful gifts, all handcrafted by artisans in Africa!

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$42.00

Perfect for small storage, these lidded African baskets are handwoven using natural grasses and thin strips of white plastic. The baskets are very durable and useful in any room of your home.

Due to the handcrafted nature of these baskets, slight variation may occur.

Dimensions: 8.5"L x 8.5"W x 8.5"H

Crafted from: Typha (cattails), plastic strips

Made in: Senegal

$20.00

Handwoven in Senegal, these bright baskets are created using natural grasses and salvaged plastic strips. Each basket includes a fitted lid and knob for easy on-off.

These mini baskets are a fun way to deliver gifts or hold small treasures.

Sold singly. Additional colors also available.

Dimensions: 5.5"L x 5.5"W x 6.5"H (size may vary slightly)

Crafted from: Cattail stalks, plastic strips

Made in: Senegal

$32.00

This eye-catching copper disc bracelet is handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

Sold singly. A matching necklace and earrings are available. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 1"W x 9"L (from end to end, unclasped). Length can be adjusted at closure.

Crafted from: Copper

Made in: Zambia

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$15.00

Utilizing remnants of colorful Zulugrass, Maasai artisans are designing one-of-a-kind strands to symbolize the bright futures of educated children. Buy Zulugrass=Educate Kids. The Leakey Collection will donate 100% of their profits from the sales of these bracelets to pay for teachers' salaries in rural Kenya. Each 26" strand is packaged on a special tag explaining how the proceeds will be allocated. Wear it wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle, or long as a necklace. 

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

This bracelet will feature a variety of colors; each one is unique.

$48.00

Six beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass to wear all together or in any grouping of 1 or more to make a wide variety of color combinations (see additional photos as examples). Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. To wear as a bracelet, just wrap each strand around your wrist 3-4 times. Necklace shown may not portray actual color combination.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$48.00

Using cattail stalks and strips of salvaged plastic, rural Wolof women in Senegal hand weave this beautiful basket. With a snug fitting flat lid, our warming baskets are a perfect way to present baked goods to loved ones as well as covered storage for your odd and ends.

Measures 13"D x 8"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. 

$48.00

Using cattail stalks and strips of salvaged plastic, rural Wolof women in Senegal hand weave this beautiful basket. With a snug-fitting flat lid, our warming baskets are a perfect way to present baked goods to loved ones as well as covered storage for your odd and ends.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 13"L x 13"W x 8"H

Crafted from: Cattail stalks, plastic strips

Made in: Senegal

$18.00

Vibrant patterned ankara cotton cloth elevates small lined journals and large blank sketchbooks. Each book includes an elasticized band for keeping the pages closed, and the journal includes a ribbon for keeping place.

Journal measures 8"L x 5.25"W with 80 lined pages. Sketchbook measures 12"L x 8"W with 70 blank pages. Due to the handmade nature of this item, variation is in pattern placement expected.

About the Artisans:

African wax prints, also known as Ankara prints, are common materials for clothing in Africa, especially West Africa. A woman named Georgina works with a group of artisans who batik-dye cloth and sew colorful accessories.

 

$14.50

Made in small batches by a co-op of South Sudanese women, this Charcoal Facial Soap is a mix of Lulu Life virgin shea butter, sheep milk, activated charcoal, saponified lye, and tea tree essential oil for scent and clarifying.

Lulu Life is an organic, Grade A virgin shea butter that is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa. Most shea butter comes from West African shea trees and is sold as a hard solid. East African shea butter is silky and harder to procure, and considered a precious luxury good. Lulu Shea Butter is made from nuts that are collected, cracked, sorted, dried, ground by hand and cold-pressed (avoiding even the slightest trace of chemical contamination).

Sold singly wrapped in cotton fabric. Patterns will vary.

Dimensions: 2"L x 2"W x 1"H

Crafted from: Virgin shea butter, sheep milk, activated charcoal, saponified lye, and tea tree essential oil

Made in: South Sudan

About the Artisans:

Founded in 2000, Lulu Works is a non-profit trust established to provide a source of sustainable income for the women of South Sudan. Comprised of women-owned processing centers, Lulu Works ensures that the profit from the production and sale of Lulu Life products returns to these women. It also provides an incentive to protect the natural shea butter resource.

Lulu Life Shea ButterVitellaria nilotica tree grows across South Sudan in thick forests and takes 20 years to bear its first fruit. These forests are untouched by chemicals or fertilizers.

Vitellaria nilotica tree
$14.50

This Sheep Milk Facial Soap is made in small batches by a co-op of South Sudanese women. The soap is created from a mix of Lulu Life virgin shea butter, sheep milk, saponified lye, and scented with ylang ylang essential oil.

Lulu Life Shea Butter is an organic, Grade A virgin shea butter that is produced using nuts from the vitellaria nilotica tree, which grows only in remote East Africa. Most shea butter comes from West African shea trees and is sold as a hard solid. East African shea butter is silky and harder to procure, and considered a precious luxury good. Lulu Shea Butter is made from nuts that are collected, cracked, sorted, dried, ground by hand and cold-pressed (avoiding even the slightest trace of chemical contamination).

Soap measures 1"T x 2"D. Each soap is wrapped in fabric; patterns vary.

About the Artisans:

Founded in 2000, Lulu Works is a non-profit trust established to provide a source of sustainable income for the women of South Sudan. Comprised of women-owned processing centers, Lulu Works ensures that the profit from the production and sale of Lulu Life products returns to these women. It also provides an incentive to protect the natural shea butter resource.

Lulu Life Shea ButterVitellaria nilotica tree grows across South Sudan in thick forests and takes 20 years to bear its first fruit. These forests are untouched by chemicals or fertilizers.

Vitellaria nilotica tree
$48.00

These beautiful hammered copper bracelets are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

When allowed to return to work, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

Width can be adjusted. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$34.00

These beautiful hammered copper earrings are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

When allowed to return to work, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$48.00

Using cattail stalks and strips of salvaged plastic, rural Wolof women in Senegal hand weave this beautiful basket. With a snug-fitting flat lid, our warming baskets are a perfect way to present baked goods to loved ones as well as covered storage for your odd and ends.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Approximate Dimensions: 13"L x 13"W x 8"H

Crafted from: Cattail stalks, plastic strips

Made in: Senegal

$36.00

Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-carved soapstone box adorned with the words "Love Always," this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

Gift set includes:

  • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya.
  • One heart shaped soapstone box from Kenya. Measures 2.75"L x 2.75"W x 1.25"T.
  • $36.00

    Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-carved circular soapstone box adorned with a beautiful spiral pattern, this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

    Gift set includes:

  • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya.
  • One circular soapstone box from Kenya. Measures 3"D x 1.5"T.
  • $36.00

    Treat someone you love with this beautiful Leakey gift set! Featuring strands of colorful Zulugrass beads from The Leakey Collection, and a hand-woven sisal giving basket ornament with a fitted lid, this set makes a wonderful fair trade gift.

    Gift set includes:

    • Three 26" Zulugrass strands crafted in Kenya. 
    • One pink giving basket ornament from Rwanda. Measures  4-5" tall, 2-3" wide, with a 3" string.
    $48.00

    These beautiful hammered copper bracelets are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

    When allowed to return to work during the pandemic, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

    Width can be adjusted. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly.

    Crafted from: Copper

    Made in: Zambia

    About the Artisans:

    F.R.E.E. (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

    $28.00

    Handwoven in Senegal, these grain baskets are crafted using coils of natural grasses, woven together with up-cycled plastic strips in a dotted pattern. Beautiful displayed on a table or adorning a wall.

    Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

    Dimensions: 12"L x 12"W x 3"H

    Crafted from: Typha (cattail) stalks, plastic

    Made in: Senegal

    $12.00

    These cheerful beaded reindeer will delight your Christmas spirit! Sparkling beads and silver wire blend beautifully in these handcrafted ornaments from Kenya.

    Sold individually. Choose from silver, gold, red, or green. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

    Approximate Size: 3.5"L x 2.5"W x 6T (to top of antlers), 8"H (to top of string)

    Made in: Kenya

    About the Artisans:

    We met Wanduta at the Friday Market in Nairobi where his bright designs immediately caught our eye. Wanduta works almost exclusively with recycled pop cans and beads. His work, like his personality, is vibrant and joyful, and is work is 100% eco-friendly. 

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