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All Across Africa

Straight from the
source: Our Supply Chain

"An effective supply chain is one in motion - moving continuously to build bridges across continents, narrowing the gap of inequality across the world"
natural materials

All Across Africa works hand-in-hand with our business partners, creating an efficient and sustainable fair trade supply chain. As a market-driven operation, we aim to ensure that our producers can depend on having long-term orders and that our consumers know what they are purchasing and exactly where it comes from.

Every step in our supply chain counts toward creating beautiful products from talented artisans. We see our reach as an olive branch, uniquely stretching across continents and purposefully bridging the gap between consumer and producer.


All Across Africa ensures fair Labor practices and safe working conditions throughout our supply chain.


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EVERY PURCHASE COUNTS

We know that satisfying our customers satisfies our producers, and vice versa. When you buy from All Across Africa product, you directly benefit the producers we partner with. And when a producer creates one of our products, they're giving the gift of their personal touch and traditional skills in everything they make.

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

We know that satisfying our customers satisfies our producers, and vice versa. When you buy from All Across Africa product, you directly benefit the producers we partner with. And when a producer creates one of our products, they're giving the gift of their personal touch and traditional skills in everything they make.

We strive for a supply chain that benefits everyone involved. We have longstanding business partnerships with trusted producer groups. We regularly visit, meet, observe and monitor the production process to ensure quality, delivery and safety.


We know that without good products our chain can be broken. By training producer groups in quality control, new techniques, leadership and financial practices we're helping to keep the supply chain in motion and to increasing market access in Africa.


 
Click on the photos below to learn more about the supply chain and the making of a basket

FROM THE
GROUND UP:
BUILDING
OUR BASKETS
1 - The beginning of a sisal basket is simple. With leaves that can grow several feet long, sisal is a perfect source of the long, strong fibers needed to weave a basket. Found both high in the mountains and low in swampy areas, the plant is scattered throughout Rwanda, making sisal an accessible, renewable resource.
2 - The first steps are labor intensive. The forest green, sword-like rosettes of leaves seem unyielding, but once the leaves are stripped, the useful threads inside are revealed and can be harvested. Using water to loosen them and a machete blade to separate them, weavers work to carefully break the fibers down to individual strands.
3 - Artisan leaders are called to AAA's community center and briefed on an order for fruit bowls. Weavers receive photos of the product to distribute to their members. While basket weaving is an individual art and practice, the basket preparation process is communal requiring the women to gather together to discuss and distribute the order.
4 - Together, AAA staff and the weavers add dyes to boiling water brewing in large metal pots. As the women stir and watch, they make sure the fibers remain in the water until the dye is perfectly infused. When the shade is just right, the brilliantly colored fibers are hung like laundry to dry, and the construction process can finally begin.
5 - The weaving is intricate. The sisal fibers are wound around thin bundles of sweet grass, and, with a sturdy needle, the sisal is secured stitch by stitch into a tiny seashell-like coil.
6 - As the process continues, the coil grows, incorporating differently colored sisal threads and careful patterns or designs, until baskets take shape.
7 - The completed basket—with its brilliant hues vibrantly dyed, neat coils carefully bound, and intricate design expertly stitched—is a labor of love, a testament to skill, and a piece of art. The finished basket is breathtaking.
BUYING MORE THAN JUST A PRODUCT
When buying directly from an African artisan, you're buying more than just a product. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You're buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You aren't just buying a thing; you're buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a moment in someone's life. Most important, you're buying an opportunity out of poverty for the artisan and his or her family.