Native Organic Hub
100% natural and organic skin care products, all made using local materials too. Their products are amazing, and they use infamous African ingredients such as baobab, shea, moringa, and wonjo.
Top-shop, despite its name, does not have anything to do with the fast fashion chain so famous in the UK, in fact their values couldn't be more different. They are a family run business, operating since 1985...that's amazing.
They started off as a leather work-shop, and quickly transformed into a fashion manufacturer. They later began to add various arts, crafts, jewelry, printed T-shirts, and more, all made locally, supporting the local economy in the process.
Handmade African Accessories
Yoga Bliss Creations
Reusable Wax Wraps, and Local Preserves creations.
Local Plant Seller
The Women's Initiative is an amazing organization founded and ran by the beautiful Isatou Ceesay.
This incredible woman began empowering other women in 1997. She gave and continues to give them motivation to succeed and skills to better their lives whilst creating unique products from waste materials. From purses, keyrings, baskets & skipping ropes made from plastic bags, to compost bins & tables/chairs made from recycled tyres. We are so impressed with the variety of amazing products, all upcycled from what was once worthless waste into unique treasures!
They impressed us so much, the first Growing A Green Gambia raised money for them...8000GMD to be exact!
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Ousman: Master Weaver
Ousman is one of the last master weavers in Gambia! And he makes some truly amazing things. Bags, belts, scarfs, clothing, you name it, he can make it. And it's all done on a handmade, very Gambian, loom, it's fantastic.
Ousman is not content making his products. He is actively involved in an amazing project that is trying to revive the once-thriving Gambian cotton industry. The Gambia Cotton Trail...the experts in seed to product production, how cool is that!
Website - https://www.gambiacottontrail.com/
Soft Plastic Recycling
Kantora Action For Green
KAG is an environmental nonprofit organization that seeks to educate and empower young people to act towards caring for the environment through sports.
At the event KAG ran seed planting workshops throughout the day...the kids loved it!
We really do love the work these guys do and will be raising money for them at the next event.
Banko Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting creating and administering a multidisciplinary vocational skills center in an eco-arts village for rural Gambia.
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Clean Earth Gambia
Soil Solution Gambia
Their Voices Must Be Heard
Their voice must be heard is a non-profit organization founded by a group of young people in kartong, Gambia. Their mission is to create a platform for the voiceless to increase their participation in society and empower their voice in decision-making.
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Gambian Marine & Environmental Conservation Initiative
Working through immediate action and education, the GMECI offers hands-on experience with environmental and marine conservation opportunities, activism, and education - hosting workshops, beach cleanups, community meetups, and more.
At the event, their natural tye-dye workshop was a hit with children and adults alike. Many of our friends did their own t-shirts made using a variety of natural dyes such as onion and carrot.
Gunjur Environmental Protection & Development Group
Community based organisation for the protection of Gambia's environment enhancing sustainable development.
Green Up Gambia
Since 2016 Green Up Gambia has been engaged in climate change mitigation and adaptation in rural villages - raising eco-consciousness in communities especially amongst young people. They focus on deforestation and land degradation, sustainable climate-smart farming practices, waste management, and government accountability, protecting natural resources, and tree planting.
Yusupha's Natural Products
Want great, local and healthy food? Then go straight to Yusupha! He makes delicious smoothies, traditional coconut cake and much much more.
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Njoofer's Natural Food
Njoofer is famous for his all-natural, local dishes, sauces, and products.
He has Natural Remedies that people can use daily and benefit from them. They’re all pure and no mixture during processing time.