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We design, promote and distribute handmade, unique and original jewelry (necklaces, bracelets and earrings) and other high-end home and office crafts from poor and rural women in Africa, strictly practicing principles of Fair-Trade. We assure that the women artisan who make our products are fairly paid and treated with respect. Every purchase from this site goes a long way to support these artisan women in the various countries in Africa.
Our mission is to provide a means of support for artisans in Africa through marketing of African art and crafts directly from the artisans or through distributors who promote fair trading. A Gift To Africa also provides education and showcases art and culture of the people of Africa in the USA through exhibits, shows, speaker’s bureau and workshops.
We hope that by purchasing any of our products, you will be helping a poor artisan in Africa get the basic necessities in life. By attending any one of our educational workshops or shows, you will learn much about what’s happening around us.
Earth Day (April 22) - Celebrate Mother Earth
April 15, 2012
Earth Day is becoming one of the most important hallmarks in the world of conservation and recycling. It carries with it powerful connotations of ecological responsibility and taking ownership of our planet; after all, it is the only Earth that we have, and taking steps to lessen the impact that you and your fellow man have on it is nothing short of revolutionary.
International Women's Day is March 8th
February 25, 2012
International Women's Day(IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day is marked on the 8th of March every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements..
Unsafe abortions a main killer of Ghana women
August 9, 2010
Abortions are legal in Ghana, but only 4 percent of Ghanaian women know this. As a result, unsafe abortions are widely carried out, making it the major cause of maternal deaths in the country.
This was revealed in a new report released by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute this month. The report brings together data from various studies, including the 2007 Ghana Maternal Health Survey (GMHS), to present what is known about abortion in Ghana.
Banking on African Women
July 2, 2010
According to the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), women in Africa own about 48 per cent of all enterprises, but they have the hardest time gaining access to finance. Non-governmental organizations like Shared Interest are not the only ones using guarantees to improve women’s access to credit. The International Labor Organization and the African Development Bank (ADB) have jointly created a $10 Million guarantee scheme called Growth-Oriented Women Entrepreneurs (GOWE), with the ADB and IFC managing the operation.
GOWE is intended to help about 400 women entrepreneurs across Africa to secure access to financing by 2011. For prospective borrowers to qualify, their businesses must be at least two years old and show potential for growth. Those who are approved can borrow between $20,000 and $400,000, but are expected to raise 20 per cent of the expansion costs on their own.