Bushbaby's mama, Bethany Fosdyck, spent three years living and working with artisans in Africa. Through her experience, she saw the real needs of their communities and the amazing potential of these people.
Today, Bushbaby offers products from some of Africa's best worker-owned brands, so you can touch their handiwork and their lives.
Ten Thousand Villages
Connected to artisans everywhere
Ten Thousand Villages finds and provides handmade gifts from artisans all around the world. All of their products are unique, and their toys have a charming simplicity that sets them apart. Founded in 1946, the company has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler's car to one of the world's largest fair trade organizations, and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Today, it strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.
Amani Ya Juu
Bibs and toys like nobody else
Amani ya Juu (“peace from above” in Swahili) provides children’s toys and accessories that are uniquely defined by local African materials, and by Amani innovations in stitching, tie-and-dye, and batik. Amani is a sewing and training program for marginalized women in Africa, giving the women a chance to become self-sustaining. Women gain experience in designing, creating, and managing their work. Then, they mentor others. Amani uses donations to support outreach programs, scholarships, emergency support, and facility development.
Shoes with passion
soleRebels was founded in 2004, to share Ethiopia’s indigenous eco-sensible craft heritages, artisan talents, and local materials with the world. The soleRebels line features a huge selection of fashionable, comfortable leather or canvas shoes incorporating hand-spun organic cotton, and Abyssinian natural fibers and leathers. As with the traditional Ethiopian “barabassos,” these shoemakers build the shoes upon durable soles made from recycled tires. soleRebels itself is built on a philosophy that Africa needs jobs more than charity. They pay workers 3 times the industry average for similar work, and they’ve become the only WTFO Fair Trade certified footwear company in the world.