Arts and Crafts Project

AYPAD Art and Craft Project is geared towards organizing small scale artisans, promoting and creating employment for young people in the art and craft field. The project is currently running in Sierra Leone and Ghana. We make handmade products from our local materials for sale locally and internationally. Our products are all handmade products made with a lot of care, environmentally friendly and durable. The project employs young artisans to create a wide range of handmade African products which we later sell to interested buyers in the country or abroad. We can ship the products to any country around the world in a timely manner. Through this goods, we are able to provide employment for young people and create a network with likeminded people, companies, and organizations. We have many different products, but to name just a few: African drums, handmade baskets, carvings, slippers and shoes, hand band with your name or company name printed, etc. Check our shop online page.

Final Goal


Fund Raised




1. To train local artisans in their craft and marketing techniques.
2. To expand the potential market for the artisans we work with.
3. To organize and establish a network of African artisans.

The Challenge

Africa is a continent full of artisans. The main challenges for these artisans are limited resources, limited marketing opportunities, and a lack platforms for them. Artisans are unable to come together, interact, and share information on tools and techniques to help them grow in their respective industries. Artisans are therefore on their own, and with limited support in ways to get their products to potential buyers and suppliers.

The Solution

AYPAD’s Art and Crafts Project is geared towards organizing small scale artisans in order to promote and create employment for young people in the arts world. The project is currently running in Sierra Leone and Ghana, where we make handmade products from local materials that are sold both locally and internationally. All the products made by AYPAD artisans are environmentally friendly. The products our artisans are making include African drums, handmade baskets, and shoes and slippers.