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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 

SOURCE East Africa


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SOURCE East Africa

  • Mt. Meru Hotel Arusha Tanzania (map)

East Africa is one of the most important crafts-producing regions on the African continent. Its geographical location makes it a melting pot of different cultures, resulting in a rich diversity of crafts skills and products. Unfortunately, crafts producers in the region find it difficult to access both the regional and international market. In the same way, regional and international buyers have a challenge identifying reliable suppliers and sourcing products from the region.

SOURCE East Africa wants to fill this void and establish the first professional business-to-business trade fair for home decor, fashion accessories, and lifestyle products in East Africa. The goal is to create a platform that links export-ready suppliers with regional and international buyers searching for unique products.

SOURCE East Africa:

  • Will showcase the best product collections in the region that combine the rich crafts heritage with contemporary design ideas
  • Presents a carefully curated selection of producers who all have professional wholesale and export trade offers
  • Is a professional B2B fair that targets retailers, hotels, lodges and corporates in the region looking for unique products and reliable suppliers
  • Targets international importers and wholesalers who want to buy authentic East African products at source

Learn more about SOURCE:

Exhibitor Registration:

Earlier Event: September 20
New World Crafts Guatemala
Later Event: October 26
Global Showcase at TEDWomen