August 23, 2013
Did you know you can host your own Voss Foundation African Bazaar trunk show, where you can showcase beautiful pieces handmade in Africa that raise funds for clean water projects? That’s just what one of our our longtime supporters and Women Helping Women New York committee members did this weekend!
Maryli Karske invited friends to her home in Bellport, NY for a garden party where they learned about Voss Foundation. Guests enjoyed cocktails and VOSS Water as they shopped place mats, stuffed elephants, baskets, bags and necklaces from Swaziland; kikoys from Kenya; and clutches, cosmetics cases, napkins, and placemats from Liberia. In the photo above, Maryli, center, wears a Swazi necklace, and her table is set with Swazi place mats.
All the items come from Voss Foundation’s African Bazaar, an initiative whereby we sell artisan-made goods from the very regions in which we work, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting our clean water work. It’s a perfect display of our Ripple Effect: with access to clean water and sanitation facilities, artisans and their families do not have to walk as far to get clean – or, previously, dirty – water and they are living longer and healthier lives. This means that they have more time to devote to income-generating activities, like sewing, beading, and basket-weaving. By working with communities to build clean water systems, and then supporting the local economy that thrives as a result, Voss Foundation is able to demonstrate some of the multitude of knock-on effects of access to clean water.
We started the African Bazaar after much demand from our staff’s friends and family to bring home more and more handcrafted goods that we would buy from our beneficiary communities on our site visits. Now we feature the African Bazaar at many of our events, and brought it online in 2012 to make it even easier to shop with a conscience at any time! The move online was applauded and heralded by a number of fans, including the Financial Times’ How to Spend It.
Voss Foundation’s African Bazaar is carefully curated by our staff and supporters with retail and fashion backgrounds, like Maryli herself, to offer beautiful, unusual and useful pieces that serve to educate buyers about the clean water crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2013, the African Bazaar will be on display at Women Helping Women events in Boston, San Francisco, and New York. You can shop Voss Foundation’s African Bazaar anytime online at http://shop.thevossfoundation.org.
For more information, or to inquire about hosting your own African Bazaar party or trunk show, contact us at email@example.com.
Kikoys from Kenya hang on the outdoor shower!