Our Vision: A means of making a living with dignity for all hard-working individuals
Our Mission: To promote economic justice and help empower self-sustaining communities
Welcome to Village Vendors and thank you for visiting us! We hope that you will take the time to browse through the many wonderful arts and crafts made by the hardworking people featured above, who live in the villages of Africa.
In 2011, while traveling along the roads of Kenya my wife and I saw many roadside vendors in makeshift stands and booths selling beautiful handmade arts and crafts. The vendors sat under the hot sun all day without certainty that they would even sell a single item, and when they did they earn very little. As much as we love sunshine, we realized that the vendors were making a living under harsh conditions.
We thought that there ought to be a better way for the vendors to make a living with dignity. It was obvious the vendors needed a more efficient supply chain to deliver their quality arts & crafts to the buyers. Many vendors we talked with indicated that they could be more productive if they could allocate more of their time producing their beautiful crafts in their villages instead of sitting along the city streets all day long waiting for buyers to stop by. But who will sell the goods for them?
Upon returning home to the US, we contacted several known national retailers as well as local gift shops specializing in unique merchandise to see if they would sell the type of merchandise we saw from the vendors. We quickly learned that high profit margin standards and inventory supply continuity requirements of the US retailers created barriers in helping the roadside vendors make a decent living. We decided to look for other alternatives to help.
Three years later, we are very excited to launch this website borne out of the inspiration and drive to showcase the beautiful work of the hard-working, talented people and help them educate, train and empower other aspiring artists/entrepreneurs like them.
Our goal is to provide a storefront for the craftsmen and women from many third world villages so they can focus their talent and passion on what they love doing most – crafting their arts. We’ve established relationships with the artists and made commitments to help provide a sustainable means of making a living by utilizing a supply chain system that will bring their quality handmade crafts to you.
We are so blessed to be able to make a decent living working comfortably inside a temperature-controlled building. Let us all help the vendors make a decent living. Your purchase of their beautiful work makes a world of difference.
Thank you for supporting our mission.