SAHEL Design is about people and products. We make beautiful, unique accessories that can’t be found elsewhere. Then we sell them and reinvest the profits into the communities that made them. We don’t accept charity or ‘pity purchases’ and we don’t want to impose our own ideas on how these communities should develop. They, not us, decide what resources they want.
I recently took a trip back to Burkina Faso to greet a few of the crafts people we are working with and see how our profits are being spent. The most recent investment was this millet grinding machine (main pic), which saves the women hours of pounding by hand. They have more time for other chores and there’s no danger of anyone going without supper with this available to them. It was also great to see these other resources we have bought: