All Across Africa needed to invest in expansion to support growing sales demand. Mission Driven Finance led a $600,000 financing round with other investors to provide impact funding.
What they do
All Across Africa is a home goods wholesaler based in National City, CA. All Across Africa trains and employs over 3,500 artisans, primarily women, in five African countries. A certified B Corp and Fair Trade Federation member, they seek to fight poverty in Africa by providing a continuous flow of income and employment opportunity.
The wholesaler works closely with artisans and major western retailers such as Costco.
What they stand for
All Across Africa defines success by how the lives of the artisans and their communities improve over time.
Most of their artisans are women now earning 300% higher wages. Earning a stable income allows them to start savings accounts, get health insurance for their families, and send their children to school.
For every dollar paid to an artisan, a portion is also reinvested communities. This amplifies of the impact of economic success all while maintaining local cultural traditions.
Why we invested
With our impact funding, All Across Africa can improve the lives of artisans and their communities. They can also create more quality jobs in their US headquarters.
Learn more about All Across Africa on their website.
12/21/18 — Read the inspiring stories of artisans here.
1/11/19 — All Across Africa is in the final stages of becoming the first company to earn the “Build a Nest Seal” in Rwanda and Uganda. The Nest seal establishes standard protective measures and certifies ethical production for the increasing number of artisans working from home or small workshops. Read more about the Build a Nest Seal here.
5/17/2019 — Learn about the incredible impact the team has made since our investment in 2017 here.
- Impact SegmentQuality Job Creation and Local Market Advancement
- Impact VehicleAdvance
- Investment Details$350,000 loan made in November 2017
- Impact GeographyNational City, CA // Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
- LeadershipGreg Stone & Alicia Wallace
- Year Founded2013