African Artisans

Le Souk Ceramique: Tunisia
The riots in Tunisia have become known as the spark that started the Arab Spring. Le Souk Ceramique cooperative is working to make a difference in a 
country that still has far to go to reach economic stability. Each piece is painted free hand and naturally fired, so every piece has a uniqueness of its own.
The Tunisian people have been doing ceramics for approximately 2000 years. Tunisia is dedicated to educating its people and its workforce, which has
allowed this company to thrive. In addition, salaries are above minimum wage and the industry standard. Male and Females work side by side
accomplishing a greater goal, creating beautiful handmade goods.

All Tunisian ceramic ware is lead free, dishwasher and microwave safe.

Baskets of Africa: South Africa and Ghana
Baskets of Africa was founded in 2002 by Cael Chappell after he developed a love working in African Arts and Crafts.  By supporting this
traditional form of basket weaving, you are supporting the preservation of the culture and heritage of the African people.

South Africa: Using the skills from a centuries old art of basket weaving, these stunning little baskets are woven from telephone wire. Since wire baskets 
are done mostly by men due to the difficult nature of weaving wire, the men are able to stay home on their traditional tribal lands instead of moving to
cities to look for work. Both men and women work side by side to complete these beautiful baskets.

Ghana: So often in the rural areas of Africa a father needs to leave his family to find work in the city.  Since travel distances are long, he rarely has the 
opportunity to come home, leaving a gap in the family unit.  Using elephant grass, a sustainable resource, this cooperative is weaving baskets for fair
wages.  Because the income is sufficient to support the family, fathers are staying home, leaving the family unit intact.

Bombolulu Workshop: Kenya
Surviving in the poverty stricken areas of Kenya is a challenge.  Surviving with a disability is doubly so.  Based in Mombasa Kenya, Bombolulu Workshop    focuses on helping the disabled overcome the hurdles they are facing.  The shop itself provides training in a variety of crafts to provide income.   As a    
division of the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, the artisans also have access to any necessary orthopedic devices, as well as advocacy on  
behalf of them and their children.  They work to not only provide crafts at the upmost quality, but housing units for artisans, artisan workshops and a
cultural center to maintain the traditions of the diverse tribes in and around Mombasa, Kenya

Venture Imports: Kenya
The Kisii tribe in Kenya are experts of carving soapstone.  Through developing their art of soapstone, the artisans feel empowered through earning fair
wages and can grow their earning potential through the additional marketing opportunities for their carvings outside of Kenya.   The cooperative also
designates 15% of their income to help orphans, widows, handicapped, elderly, and HIV/AIDS victims in the community. 

The Silk Road Fair Trade Market, phone 724-946-8502,
located at 115 N. Market, #1, New Wilmington, Pa  16142
Open Tuesday - Saturday (10-5), Thurs evening to 6, closed Sunday and Monday