Bridge for Africa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency and the dignity of work in rural African communities.
Bridge began in 2003 with the chance meeting of an African and an American in South Africa; they recognized that while the art emerging from Africa represents an extraordinary blend of tradition, vibrancy and the beauty of modern Africa, local markets are such that artisans are frequently not rewarded with a living wage for their work. These women from two continents then envisioned a non-profit organization committed to Building Resources to Inspire Dignity, Growth, and Empowerment (BRIDGE) through trade. Fair Trade practices – to which we adhere as a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation – offer the guarantee of fair wages, equal opportunities, safe working conditions, and long-term relationships built on mutual respect.
Today, Bridge for Africa is a well-established and respected provider of fine contemporary crafts to the American market. We pay the artists a living wage, promote sustainable development in Africa, and educate consumers in the U.S. about the benefits of Fair Trade as a method to fight poverty in the developing world. Our goal is to provide consistent work and a living wage for the skilled artisans with whom we partner, enabling them to shape their own lives and thereby advancing hope for future generations.
Our mission is to realize the incredible potential for making a difference in African artisan communities by harnessing the outstanding artistic talent of African artisans to create marketable products for sale in the U.S.
Our products are currently located in over 300 stores across the U.S , 90 museums and 28 zoo's.