The fair trade movement began as early as the 1940's and challenges the traditional neoliberal model of trade that relies solely on market forces of supply and demand to determine prices. As a global movement, fair trade practices disrupt the distribution of wealth along the supply chain by promoting an equitable model that empowers producers in developing nations. In other words, it highlights the true costs of goods and ensures that companies in developed countries pay a fair price to producers. This means not just paying them in the short term, but also helping them improve their skills, enhance standards of living, and secure sustainable livelihoods for their communities.
Fair trade means sustainable local economies
Fair trade means humane working conditions
Fair trade means gender equality
Fair trade means higher quality products
Fair trade means environmentally conscious production methods
Most trade depends on low-cost labor and exploitation of natural resources, which is neither fair nor sustainable. In a world where mass production is the standard, we chose authenticity. By supporting Mandinka Home Shop, you empower a community of talented women and offer them lives of dignity, hope, and financial freedom.
Our eco-friendly items are carefully handcrafted by talented artisans in West Africa. These authentic pieces are guaranteed to accentuate and add a touch of culture to any room.
Basket weavers in Ghana weave together twisted strands of tough elephant grass to create a set of storage baskets with ample dimensions. Each basket is adorned with stripes of graduating widths woven in a beautiful shade of dark green. Each all-natural basket has a set of sturdy woven handles for easy transport. The three baskets nest together for shipping and when not in use.
Ghanaian wood carvers highlight the beauty of sustainably sourced mahogany wood in beautiful one-of-a-kind bowls with flowing organic lines. Each food-safe bowl is handcrafted to be completely unique and very rustic. Variances in coloration, grain and shape, as well as small imperfections and splits, are to be expected in the finished product.
Talented artisans in Ghana create stylish nesting tables featuring beautifully grained teak inset in sturdy metal frames. Three lost wax brass Dwennimmen symbols adorn each table.
In the Adinkra symbol system of West Africa, the Dwennimmen is styled after ram's horns. Dwennimmen calls for individuals to remember to balance strength with humility, like the ram who fights with all his might, yet also humbly surrenders to slaughter.
This beautiful hand carved jacaranda elephant bust makes a beautiful addition to any wall. Textured and dyed a rich deep brown, each mask adds the earthy, exotic feel of safari lodge decor to the home, office, or restaurant.