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 (and the world'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.
Plastic to purpose
A social enterprise with the aim to make a purposeful profit from the sale of products made from plastic and rubber/flip-flop recycled marine waste.
Founded by the Alvarez Morphy Sisters, Elena and Male (a textile designer and a communicator), Yema Home is motivated by the sisters' passion for design and artistry. “It’s a fun ride, full of creativity; we hope you love our pieces as much as we do.”
Amani Ya Juu
Bibs and toys like no one 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.
Changing the fashion industry for the better
A design driven, fair trade brand helping to end global poverty and inspire ethical companies and consumers to change the fashion industry. Made by artisans in India and Nepal, their colorfully original designs provide a stable source of income.