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Need: Retail of fashion, decorative and other items from Africa

Hello,

I am looking for partners from everywhere in the world who are willing to venture in this business idea. A good number of Rwandans and eventually many community members from East Africa are skilled in making a variety of items, either with their hands or with machines, using factory made fabrics or simple material from mother earth: grass, wood, clay, banana leaves, palm leaves, water hyacinths, hand-extracted fibers from sisal, raphia etc

I have visited some communities and individuals and I am looking for partners who are willing to retails these items in their cities. I have made some contacts already to see if a shop online would work, but shipments costs are so high that the only way it can work is to find partners in big cities who would receive big packages and retail in their existing or new shops (physical and/or online).

I am open to advice about a better way of expanding this business. I will have registered this sort of import/export company by the end of May. For the moment I am looking for business partners in the region and overseas.

If you are interested or tempted to hear more about this idea, you can drop me an email at um.cecile@gmail.com or simply post a comment here. I have a few pictures of some of the items and I am collecting many more photos and descriptions of each and every category of item. Stories includes its cultural value, traditional practices associated with it. When the items is a result of the trainings that the community or individuals attended through local or international NGO, more information about the latter will collected and shared as well.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you.

Best regards,
Cecile

Comments

Deicy.Muntuan-Wenas's picture

Pictures Please

Can I have some pictures of the items?

Thanks,

Deicy
Balikpapan, Indonesia

Celya's picture

Thanks for reacting to my post:-)

Can you please give me an email address? I can't see a way of attaching the pictures. My email address is um.cecile@gmail.com. Kindly drop me a line and I will send you a few documents I have worked on so far.

Thanks,
Cecile Umuhoza

Cecile

Deicy.Muntuan-Wenas's picture

My email add

Hi Cecile,

This is my email address: deicy.tvi@gmail.com

Celya's picture

Thanks for the email

Hi Deicy,

I have just emailed you, I hope you will like some if not all of the items.

Have a good weekend and enjoy being part of the WP community,

Cecile

Cecile

michellee's picture

COFTA

Hi Cecile,

Check out COFTA: http://www.cofta.org. They might be able to help you out.

be well,

Michelle
World Pulse Technology Associate

Celya's picture

Thank you

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for sharing the COFTA link. I am going to check it out and drop them a line,

Best,
Cecile

Cecile

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