Student Spurs Economic Growth Through Art with Sanaa Afrika LLC

Sanaa Afrika LLCA mother’s influence can be powerful.

For Ohio University student Philistar Bonyo, her late mother’s work with local artisans on Zanzibar Island in the Republic of Tanzania inspired Philistar’s venture, Sanaa Afrika LLC.

Sanaa Afrika LLC is a “fair trade company dedicated to promoting the growth of African economy through fostering of creative talents amongst African youth and preservation of African cultures and traditions.”

Much of the creative talents found in Sanaa Afrika LLC’s product line is art (“Sanaa” is a Kiswahili (Swahili) word meaning “art“). You can find art ranging from earrings and necklaces to paintings, kitchen products, carvings, and musical instruments. You can glimpse some of it–all of which can be purchased here–in the photo gallery below.

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