Ian was born and raised in Zimbabwe and I (Michelle) was born and raised in South Africa. We came to Sedona in January 2015 for a visit and immediately fell in love with it. Sedona has an African energy. After many months of dreaming and scheming the seeds for Love Africa were planted. We wanted to showcase the talented craftsmen and women of Africa and bring a bit of Africa 'love' to America.
The majority of the pieces that we carry have been lovingly made using basic hand tools and techniques learnt from older generations. The source materials are usually natural materials, by-products or recycled materials. Some pieces have taken several months to craft before changing hands and travelling great distances as they are traded and bartered. These pieces are now offered to you, some 10,000 miles away from their original sources in Africa.
Our philosophy is to purchase responsibly and directly from artists, craftsmen and small businesses (often single mothers or foster mothers) and we avoid purchasing from Corporations and Big Business where-ever possible.
We support two non-profit organizations, Nuru International and Nazareth House. Nuru International provides micro-financing to subsistence maize / corn farmers in Africa and Nazareth House, loves and supports abandoned, neglected, disabled and orphaned children in Africa. We also support other philanthropy and communities, locally here in Sedona.
All our animal products are inspected and approved by US Fish and Wildlife Services and this Federal organization's objectives and functions are consistent with the various conservation and environmental stewardship practices and values in Africa. We do-not support hunting or animal cruelty in any form and all our animal products are mainly by-products or recycled materials.
If we do-not appear to have your specific piece, please inquire. We have a strong network of suppliers in Africa.
“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela (South African politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999).