SOURCE: Global African Art

Global African Art

March 11, 2010 12:42 ET

Global African Art Helps Combat Poverty in Africa via Fair Trade Practices With African Artists

WACONIA, MN--(Marketwire - March 11, 2010) - African art and décor has been quickly rising in popularity in the last few years, with many homeowners and renters alike choosing to adorn their walls with African masks, African art paintings and African tribal art. Authentic African art made from local artists in Africa can be found online, but how can buyers be sure these artists are being compensated fairly? Global African Art, a leading African art and crafts dealer, is helping to combat poverty in Africa by ensuring all of the artists in their network are paid above and beyond their asking price.

"Artists in Africa are often taken advantage of because they are in such dire need of money, and art dealers know that. These dealers offer to buy art at well below the artists' asking price, fully aware that the artists have no choice but to accept," said Kajerero Ssebbaale, president and owner of Global African Art.

Global African Art uses a fairer system of exchange to empower their network of local artists and to create sustainable, positive change. In addition to paying each artist's asking price for each piece of art, sculpture, basket or piece of jewelry, Global African Art contributes 4% of its profits to its network of artists.

"Our artists are so much more than just faceless contributors, they're real people who you can read about on our site," said Ssebbaale. "By establishing relationships with our artists, ensuring that they are more than fairly compensated, and cutting out the middle men who increase the price at each level, we not only contribute significantly to the living standards of the artists' families, but we keep prices affordable for consumers, allowing more people to enjoy their art."

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About Global African Art:

Global African Art provides customers with the finest African art and craft products from local artists all over Africa, including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Ghana, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Products range from African masks, hand-woven baskets, sculptures, African art paintings, and jewelry to handcrafted home-wares and interior décor items.

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