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The Voss Foundation African Bazaar is a curated collection of artisan goods, crafted in the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa where Voss Foundation provides access to clean water to communities, helping individuals improve their own lives.img_9812It all started with our staff and volunteers who love to purchase local crafts when we visit our water projects, always coming home with beautiful and unique pieces that support the communities in and around our project sites.  Interest in these gifts began to grow, as friends and family would request items from our site visits to our water projects around Sub-Saharan Africa.

So, we decided to use this demand for beautiful and unique handmade African crafts to fund our clean water systems and wells. We realized if we could sell these pieces as a fundraiser at our events, instead of unrelated silent auctions and raffles, we could also use the items to educate the public about our work. Most importantly, we knew this would boost the economies in the regions where we work, especially knowing that the women on-site have more time to devote to income-generating activities, once they have facilitated access to clean water.

Voss Foundation introduced the African Bazaar at our 2011 Women Helping Women New York Luncheon, immediately garnering an overwhelming response from supporters who were happy to learn that their purchases help create a Ripple Effect—by funding Voss Foundation water projects in communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, improving lives through health, education, economic growth and empowerment!


The African Bazaar’s runaway success inspired us to create an online African Bazaar for our Voss Foundation supporters to enjoy! Here you can shop and show you care with beautiful pieces crafted in the regions where Voss Foundation—with your help—is changing lives with access to clean water.

See a great write-up of our African Bazaar in the November 2012 issue of Financial Times’ How to Spend It!

Voss Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to clean water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and raising awareness of ongoing need in the region. Voss Foundation aims to fulfill communities’ water requirements and then focus on the self-improvement of lives and communities once basic water needs are satisfied. We have a particular interest in assisting woman and girls who, relieved of the burden of fetching water, have time to devote to education and enterprise.

Since our inception in 2008, Voss Foundation has helped to build 47 water access points and 40 sanitation facilities in 6 countries, changing the lives of over 100,000 people.

Founded by VOSS of Norway ASA as an independent 501(c)(3) public charity, Voss Foundation has offices in New York and Oslo.

Voss Foundation’s African Bazaar is a great way to support women and their communities in the regions where we work.  100% of all proceeds goes directly to support our water projects in Sub-Saharan Africa!  Access to clean water provides an engine for growth and leads to amazing ripple effects in health, education, and economic empowerment–thank you for shoppin Voss Foundation’s African Bazaar to make a difference!

Please note that nearly all of our items are handmade, and many are one of a kind, which allows us to offer a diverse selection, but places limits on the quantity available. If you are interested in a sold-out item, or would like to buy more pieces than we have on hand, please contact info@thevossfoundation.org.

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