Ubuntu Trade, established by April Gulley, is a socially conscious brand committed to bringing high quality handcrafted goods and experiences from near and far. Ubuntu Trade carries handcrafted, well made, unique, one-of-a-kind goods from East Africa. Ubuntu Trade believes that community and connection can thrive regardless of the miles between us.
We are happy to welcome Ubuntu Trade to the Chicago Artisan Market on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 10am-4pm at Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan St.), where they will join 100+ top artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.
Through Ubuntu Trade, April brings exquisitely crafted and specially curated goods to the US, opening the global market to designers, artisans and makers that you would find only if you were lucky enough to be in Uganda. They’re committed to being part of the new narrative of Africa, a continent filled with beauty, perseverance, innovation and determination.
Ubuntu Trade carries:
• Home Decor – baskets, table runners, vases, candle holders, small dishes, hand carved wooden animals
• Kids Items – hand carved crayons, crocheted animals
• Holiday Ornaments – made from Ankole Cow Horn, a by-product of the meat industry in Uganda
• Leather goods – purses and wallets
• Jewelry – typically Ankole Cow Horn, a by-product of the meat industry in Uganda
Ubuntu Trade works with individuals, co-ops of men and women and fashion designers in EA. When you support Ubuntu Trade, you’re part of a bigger economic picture that encourages people to have agency over their own dreams, livelihoods and familial decisions. All of the Ubuntu Trade goods are handcrafted by makers around the globe. The majority are handcrafted by makers April knows in East Africa.
About the founder:
April Gulley, the founder of Ubuntu Trade has always believed in supporting the local maker whether on her travels around the world or just down the street. Shopping local, finding that one of a kind item that no one else has, has been a lifelong passion. She’s a supporter of the dreamer, the doer, the risk taker, and wants this new space to be a launching pad for all of those who dare to dream and do. April has been traveling to Uganda since 2009, and she now considers it a second home. As she has established a life in Uganda, April has seen and experienced so much more than what the West portrays Uganda and Africa as a whole to be.