In 2008 Heart of the Bride started a business development project called Back to Africa whereby hand-made jewelry was purchased from Africa and shipped back to the United States to sell in various venues. Our partners lived in extreme poverty before they began creating Back to Africa Jewelry. Today, thanks to the purchasers of our products, these same people are now able to consistently feed and clothe their children, send them to school, purchase other resources like farm animals and help their family and neighbors who are not as fortunate. As of December 2012, our artisans report to us that the project is benefitting over 400 people. We have seen firsthand how a small paper bead or simple ceramic pendant can profoundly impact a community halfway around the world.
Currently we have partnerships in Kenya to produce the BTA products available in this store and our home shows. In the near future we hope to expand our efforts to include Zambia and increase our partnerships in Kenya.