This beautiful hard cover book of 106 pages combines poetic reflections on the beads by the African writer Ama Ata Aidoo and an essay by Professor Esi Thutherland. The book design was coordinated by the bead lover and jewellery designer Kati Torda. It has more than 100 full colour photos of beads. Shipping not included - please make sure you add shipping to your destination
eShopAfrica is a fair trade ecommerce web site based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Our aim is to create sustainable businesses for traditional African artisans.
eShopAfrica is registered in Ghana as an export company promoting the products from the non-traditional sector and has been trading online since 2001. We are an ethical business and our profits are reinvested in the artisan community to help them grow their businesses. Where possible we seek out products from the least developed sectors of society including artisan groups and community organisations. We are based in Africa so that we can be in contact with our artisans. This means we can pass on special orders or design requests. We also give feedback to them on how their products are being used by designers outside Africa. This means they can keep up with taste and fashion and innovate their products to meet market taste. Many artisans express their gratitude at this feedback.In 2010 we became a member of the World Fair Trade Organization. From 2004 to 2009 we were a a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Our emails are very important to us and we answer all of them as quickly as we can. If for any reason we didn't answer yours please let us know. Emails sometimes go missing.Fax 00233 21 779869Post: eShopAfrica Ltd, PO Box C-857, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana, West AfricaOffice No 6 12th Lane, Ring Road Osu, Accra, Ghana, West Africa
Our Fair Trade Charter
1 We pay the fair market price for our products. We agree quality guidelines with our suppliers who agree that the price we pay them is fair for the quality we require.
2 The products supplied to us must meet the agreed quality guidelines.3 We pay our suppliers promptly.4 No forced labour - including organized child labour - is used in the production of any of our products. However, we respect that in many African societies children are expected to take part in the activities of the household. During this time invaluable income-earning skills are passed on to the children.5 We do not disturb traditional supply and production lines. Many of our items are hand made. We know the limits of our suppliers and do not push them beyond this limit as to do so could jeopardize the quality. For this reason we may ask you to wait for your order - please be patient and remember you are buying direct from traditional craftspeople.eShopAfrica has been sited as an example of using technology to bridge the digital divide - see for more.
These are some of our partners and supporters:
DHL Ghana have supported eShopAfrica since it was founded. They appreciate that ecommerce in Africa is a growing sector and that shipping costs must be attractive to customers or they will not buy. To that end DHL have generously given us help by offering discounts to us which we can pass on to our customers. They do a wonderful job and we are grateful to them. Their service is efficient and our customers give them nothing but praise. Thank you DHL!
SustainableVillage.com - fostering appropriate technology, renewable energy and sustainable development. As well as offering the world's largest selection of appropriate technology and renewable energy products, Sustainable Village also powers a networking community connecting projects with resources. Sustainable Village further support eShopAfrica by finding markets in the US for our products and assisting with credit card processing. Sustainable Village are sponsoring eShopAfrica's attendance at Sustainable Resources Conference 2003 - Hands on Solutions to World Poverty, Boulder, Colorado Sep 03. Find out more.
Ghana Export Promotion Council
Ghana Export Promotion Council The Ghana Export Promotion Council (GEPC) is the public agency tasked with promoting Ghana's non-traditional products in international markets. The Council also provides private and government parties with a range of market information and statistical trade data services. Exporters receive business advisory services, product development assistance and representation at major trade events. The GEPC have been supportive of eShopAfrica since its launch and have assisted in expediting the business.
USAID/Ghana Trade and Investment Reform Programme
USAID/Ghana Government Trade and Investment Reform Programme The purpose of this USAID-funded NGO is to support economic growth in Ghana through the increased production and exports of non-traditional products. AMEX International runs training courses for artisans in various aspects of business development from export quality issues, packaging and labelling, accounting and business practice and more. eShopAfrica encourages its artisans to attend such training whenever possible
Aid to Artisans in Ghana
Aid to Artisans in Ghana (ATAG). Aid to Artisans in Ghana is an NGO working with local artisans making them aware of international taste and style and helping them to ensure that their products meet export quality criteria. Several of the artisans partnering with eShopAfrica have been passed on to us by ATAG.
Meet The Team!
We're pleased to introduce you to some of our team:
Kawther El Obeid
Kawther el Obeid is CEO and business manager. Kawther is from the Sudan and has lived in Ghana for nearly twenty years. She has a background in running her own import company and procuring for one of the largest department stores in Ghana. Kawther takes care of the business, legal, financial and accounting side of eShopAfrica.
Cordelia Salter is the founder of eShopAfrica.com. She is English and has lived in Egypt, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Ghana, Italy and the US. Her background is in journalism, technology in development and the humanitarian sector. Cordelia is currently working for a UN governing body in Rome, Italy.
Edmond Abongo our shipping manager. If you make an order from eShopAfrica it's Edmond who makes sure it arrives safely. He's an expert packer and knows how to get a good price from shippers. Edmond is originally from Bolgatanga in the north of Ghana but now lives in Accra where he has a successful garden design business.
eShopAfrica.com - African Fair Trade PO Box C-857 Cantonments Accra