As a USA-based social enterprise in Salt Lake City, Utah with a sole purpose of empowering African business women grow their businesses sustainably and enter into global markets with their products using fair trade principles. Since its inception, the company has worked with over 300 women in 8 different African countries which include Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Madagascar, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi. The company has successfully trained, consulted and grown numerous companies and placed products in high-end physical and online stores, catalogs and other establishments. The company has also participated at numerous trade shows, regional markets, conferences, and private venues.
Recently the company re-located to Florida and has shifted its focus to wild-harvested fruits and oils. The reason for the shift has been because the resources used (wild-harvested fruits and seeds) are available in the local African communities at no cost (or very minimal cost) and thus provide a good level of sustainability. The women are then able to make an immediate income with little skills training at minimal cost. Currently the company manufactures products (beverages, mixes and oils) mainly from the baobab and moringa trees and also various oils from the mafura, marula, mongongo and shea. The company also makes teas (bottled and dry) from the Kenya purple tea and various other teas that include but not limited to hibiscus, ginger, passion fruit and rooibos. Basically, A Gift to Africa imports the wild-harvested products which become ingredients for products produced in the USA. A Gift to Africa also encourages conservation and more value addition to the trees and plants before they are exported.
The company is looking into expanding its operations into Mozambique for baobab fruit and to a lesser extent, cashew production. Other immediate future plans involve exporting goods manufactured in the USA to the Caribbean, Asia, Central and South America. The company is also looking into diversifying its manufactured products range in the USA. The company will also be conducting more entrepreneurial training of the women in Africa through collaborations with other organizations. Our sister African women empowerment projects include Her African Market and the She Fairs project.