The goal of Real Africa Workshop is to connect people interested in purchasing authentic African art, crafts, and jewelry to a marketplace that directly benefits the artists that made them by providing the artists with an opportunity to market and sell their goods in a viable marketplace that they would not otherwise have available to them.
The products found here have made a long journey to get to this point. It is with the support, cooperation, and hard work of many people working together with a common goal to support the livelihood of artists and their families in Zambia that we are able to offer them.
As a former volunteer living and working in remote villages in Zambia. I have been fortunate to experience the diverse culture and witness the skills that are present in producing the items available here.
Many of the artists responsible for the items found on this site live in remote areas of Zambia and have little or no means to sell and market their goods. It is due to this that we are creating this marketplace to offer a viable and sustainable income for the artists represented. All proceeds directly benefit the Zambian artists and their families and offer a sustainable income that allows them to continue to practice their trade. Many of the traditional artists are being forced to discontinue making their goods and therefore losing the ability to pass down their knowledge of the trade due to the lack of income being generated. It is the goal of Real Africa Workshop to offer them an opportunity to benefit from their skills and hard work by providing the market they need and at the same time offering the rest of us a chance to share in the hand made authentic and original products that are found on this site.
We are not currently a registered 503(c). For a nonprofit company to qualify for 503(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status, it must file IRS form 1023. RAWS is only beginning to grow and this is our goal for the future. At this time we are a self funded, fair trade marketplace. All proceeds go to the artists and developing this project.
Real Africa Workshop is currently in its infancy; however, with the development of this site and the work of all those involved and all that contribute we will continue to expand this charitable program.