Bridge for Africa is a 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 artisans in local markets are frequently not rewarded with a living wage for their work. These two women envisioned an organization committed to Building Resources to Inspire Dignity, Growth, and Empowerment (BRIDGE) through trade. Their fair trade practices 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. The organization promotes 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.