African Home, based in Cape Town, South Africa, works to empower economically disadvantaged artisans in the country. The organization assists a wide variety of artisans working in different types of craft production, and with varied access to export markets. Some of the artisans are refugees or asylum seekers who, while they are registered the government and are allowed to work informally, struggle to find formal employment because of a lack of formal identification. African Home works with approximately 500 artisans in some 90 groups that produce wire and bead items, recycled tin items, Zulu baskets, beaded calabashes, ceramic and clay pots, beaded jewelry, felt and textile items.
African Home was established in March 2002 by two South African women who were impressed with the high standard of crafts and concerned about the high rate of unemployment in South Africa. They started African Home in order to open access to worldwide markets for economically disadvantaged craftspeople in South Africa, thus creating more employment. The organization plays a significant role in supporting small one and two-person craft groups to expand and enables them to take on larger orders. African Home supports fair trade principles, and aims to expand craft markets for South African artisans in an ethical and humane manner, paying fair prices and with concern for the environment.
Ten Thousand Villages purchases products made from recycled metal from African Home. Ten Thousand Villages began purchasing from African Home in 2008.
- Artisan Products