Making fair trade items for fabulous consumers
Acacia Creations was born out of a beautiful desire to not only share the talent of incredible artisans with global consumers but also to sustainably use those abilities to improve lives, create jobs, provide training, and give back to communities through education and healthcare initiatives.
We believe that fairly traded, ethically made, and empowering products are an extremely effective avenue to bring positive change to developing communities. Because beauty does not need to combat sustainable living, for in pure and fair practices, therein lies the truest of beauties – the life giving honorable work of human hands.
We work directly with thousands of craftsmen and women at our Nairobi, Kenya studio and across Asia to improve their skills and provide a safe, dignified, and positive working environment.
How It All Started
Acacia Creations was founded in 2007 by Maura Kroh, a Pennsylvania-born entrepreneur with an addiction to travel and places unknown.
Maura moved to Nairobi, Kenya at the age of 23 and soon found herself working in East Africa’s refugee camps. Despite the wealth of talent, resourcefulness and determination in the camps, residents have few opportunities to earn a fair and dignified living. The missing key component is opportunity. Maura saw a simple solution: create employment and generate income through the rich handcraft traditions already thriving in the camps. And so Acacia Creations was founded as a means to connect the skills of remote artisans with global consumers. We believe in creating long-term employment that cultivates dignity, empowerment and permanent change.
Beyond Fair Trade
With production headquarters in Kenya, Acacia Creations now works in 7 countries across Africa and Asia with a network that touches thousands of artisan partners. We go beyond fair trade by creating jobs, providing training, and giving back to communities through our education and healthcare initiatives.
It’s easy to forget the impact our purchases have on the world around us. At Acacia Creations we try to show how closely connected you really are with artisan producers a world away. By purchasing ethically made goods, you make a very real impact on the daily lives of people in the most impoverished communities.
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