Things We Love – Indego Africa

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There’s something very satisfying about finding a great gift or something for your home – and then knowing you can feel good about the purchase because it benefits someone else.

File this one under Gifts that Give Back: Indego Africa uses the power of the internet to bring gorgeous fair trade accessories and home decor products to market in the United States, as well as Canada and the UK. These items are crafted by talented women in Rwanda.

Indego Africa pays its artisans in Rwanda a fair trade wage. And 100% of Indego Africa’s profits go back to the artisans for training programs in literacy, business, and computers.

The items available at the Indego Africa shopping site are some of the same items featured at more than 40 high-end U.S. retailers – from Ralph Lauren and Anthopologie to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Purchasing from Indego Africa allows you to directly empower artisans in Rwanda. Through their site, you can shop online or learn more about purchasing Indego Africa items wholesale.

Another thing we love: each item comes with a hangtag featuring the name and signature of the artisan. Your artisan’s photo and biography are available on the Indego Africa website.

Featured at Anthropologie in Fall 2010 and in the NY Times Style magazine, the Knit Hood can be worn loosely as a cowl, closer to the neck as a scarf, or can be pulled over the head to act as a hood.