Burkina Faso Artisan Platform
Burkina Faso Artisan Platform
Redefining global trade by empowering artisans in developing regions; building bridges between cultures through art and fashion.
Redefining global trade by empowering artisans in developing regions; building bridges between cultures through art and fashion. Read more
About this project
The Status quo in Burkina Faso:
Right now, the average annual income in Burkina Faso, West Africa is around $790, with more than 80% of the population relying on subsistence agriculture to survive. With the recent swings in environmental conditions, every year it becomes harder and harder to be a subsistence farmer. Despite the tough economic climate and worsening weather conditions, the people of Burkina Faso are some of the friendliest and cheerful people on the planet. The reason for this is because Burkina Faso is rich with fashion, art, and culture. In the vibrant streets of BF, skilled artisans buy, sell, and trade masterful artwork from all different mediums: shirts, shoes, paintings, purses, etc. These artisans look forward to creating beautiful art each day because it is their passion.
In an e-commerce driven world dominated by technology, the artisans of Burkina Faso are unfortunately left out. Without the disposable capital required to purchase the necessary technology to compete in the global marketplace, talented artisans put their passions aside. Many times, these passionate artisans have to trade their brushes for plows because they simply can’t support themselves or their families with their craft.
Dreamac inc. Our first step towards solving these problems was by empowering local artisans in Burkina Faso. We believe that by creating a network of artisans and giving them a platform to sell their products, we can help them reach a global audience. In order to do this, we provide the artisans with full marketing, shipping, pricing and any other logistical requirements that come up. In addition, we provide them with an online platform to transform their passion into a sustainable source of income. Because we give the majority of the proceeds to the artisans, we aim to decrease the size of the population reliant on subsistence agriculture to less than 40% in 5 years. Our goal is to work with as many developing regions as we can to bring their fashion and culture to the global scale and create a dialogue between individuals.
We also have a strong belief that art and fashion can bring cultures and people together. It is our hope that the sharing of fashion can be used as a dialogue between cultures to come together, put our differences aside, and enjoy the true beauty the world has to offer.
Now the rewards:
We are highly grateful for your support. We hope that these rewards show you how much we cherish your help.
Pledge 30 or more:
Receive the Eland minimalist t-shirt in black or white (by Inoussa Ouedraogo)
Receive the Impala minimalist t-shirt in black or white (by Inoussa Ouedraogo)
Pledge 40 or more:
As our first Dreamac Original Product, the #SeizeTheWorld T-shirt is very dear to us. It constantly reminds us of the long nights spent in our dorms making sure it will be perfect for you to wear. However, all credits must go to the tailor Inoussa Ouedraogo (Pictured bottom left) and the embroiderer Ousmane Zaré (Pictured bottom right). Their expertise turned into reality this T-shirt whose production leaped into several crafts methods traditionally kept separate.
pledge 45 or more: Yacouba's Signature Saddle Bag (early birds)
This saddle bag combines style and durability. It is entirely handmade with pure leather and the drawing is through pyrography (the use of flame or red hot iron to draw on materials such as leather or wood). It is crafted by Yacouba Yameogo whose picture is shown below the bags. Yacouba is thrilled to be able to offer you his products. Along with this bag, he is also the artist behind 2 other of our Kickstarter rewards.
[Size: 14.5 x 13 x 3cm -or- 5.7 x 5.1 x 1.1in]
Pledge 60 or more: Springbok Flops
Sam Ahmed (pictured bottom-left) is a master leather worker who trained since his young ages. Now, he shares his knowledge with a dozen trainees. He is offering you the most comfortable pairs of flipflops he ever designed. Stylish and sober, they will quickly become a go-to with any outfit. We are offering two options. For Her, the top pair, and for Him the bottom one.
Pledge 75 or more: Kudu Slip-ons
Yacouba Yameogo is now offering you a stylistic and very practical pair of slip-on shoes that he named Kudu. The traditional batik-dyed fabric is both durable and light, making these shoes the perfect companion for every day walks.
Pledge 190: Wisdom (The Painting)
The first batik artists to join our network offer you a mind-blowing masterpiece called “Wisdom”. There is currently only one copy of "Wisdom". However, as a Kickstarter Special, we are offering 101 handmade duplicates by the original artists to our backers. Its artistry, beauty, and size of 39.4 inch*19.7 (100 cm*50) will make "Wisdom" an indispensable feature in the decor of your room.
Pledge 250 or more: Back to Business.
In the Dreamac Family, we understand that every business deserves the right briefcase. This is why we are offering you this handcrafted piece of art out of 100% pure leather. This solid briefcase will be your stylish and practical companion. It is 17.7 inches (45 cm) wide and 13 inches (33 cm) high with a flexible width of 4 inches (10 cm) minimum that can be safely stretched to 9.8 inches (25 cm). These features make this bag perfect for your computer and all your important documents, books and notebooks. It is entirely handmade by the team of Yacouba Yameogo, the creator of the offered saddle bag and slip-on shoes.
575 or more: Powered by Fire!
This is our ultimate exclusive Kickstarter offer. It is brought to you by Daouda Ilboudo, a master pyrographer with 15 years of experience. Daouda has always had a talent and love for drawing. He left school to pursue his dream as a teenager by joining a group of pyrographers. Very skilled, Daouda quickly became the mentor of his teammates, teaching them how to take their drawings to the next level. To 10 special backers, Daouda offers to use flames and a hot iron to draw any commission on a 39.4 inches*19.7 (100 cm*50) piece of pure leather. This is your art, and it can be about literally anything you want―love, sharing, peace, suffering, a portrait, etc. The art piece will be enclosed in a wood and glass frame such as the one shown in the top left picture. This is Daouda’s signature frame. We will be in constant contact with you to make sure that all your needs and desires are satisfied.
Unlocked at $60,000 USD: We will expand Dreamac Inc to artisans in a Latin American country. This is our targeted milestone after launching production in Burkina Faso. We will then be present in 3 continents, strengthening us in our global mission
Unlocked at $150,000 USD: Why stop so soon? Help us get funded to 150000 and we will expand to artisans in an East Asian country. Dreamac Inc will soon be in all corners of the planet. You have the power to make us do so sooner than we currently expect to.
Unlocked at $300,000 USD: We will expand shipping to Canada and Mexico so that more people have access to our products. Our artisans are thrilled that their crafts are now available to the whole web. However, shipment is currently limited to the United States. Help us reach 300000 dollars so that all of North America is reached. Please share our project with your family, friends, and acquaintances on as many platforms as possible. We truly believe in the nobleness of fighting poverty through the internet, fashion and art, and fostering a dialogue between cultures. Please join our battle and #SeizeTheWorld with us!
More About Us:
A Message from Kevin Thomas, our CEO:
My name is Kevin Thomas, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, and the CEO of Dreamac Inc. In early October, I was approached by Batchema Sombié while I was coding in the freshman college dorm computer room. He told me that he was an international freshman student from Burkina Faso with many entrepreneurial ideas and that as a coder, I would be the perfect partner. We were each inhabited by the desire of having a company with a real social impact because we believed that business should be all about giving people the means to improve their lives. It therefore did not take us long to figure out that the present mission of Dreamac Inc was what we wanted to pursue. After calling his friend Romuald Eklou-Ayité still in high school in Burkina Faso, we started laying down the ground work for Dreamac Inc. We were later joined by Michael Beer and Elizabeth Reckart. Together we grinded day and night on our mission until we were ready to launch in early May. Now as an incorporated company, we are actively pursuing our mission. I have become the CEO of Dreamac, Michael the Chief Marketing Officer, Elizabeth is the Technology Manager, and Romuald is now the first Dreamac liaison agent in Burkina Faso. Because he is on a student visa, Batchema does not have an active position in Dreamac Inc.
“Dreamac” means Dreamers and Achievers. True to this name, we work hard day and night to make all our dreams of building a better world through the internet, art and fashion become reality. We hope that you will join us in our noble mission by supporting us in this Kickstarter campaign. Please join our journey, and share with as many people as possible.
Risks and challenges
Dreamac Inc. is powered by human capital. All our products and Kickstarter rewards are entirely handmade. Therefore, an illness or an accident that affects the health of our artisans may hinder timely delivery. To avoid this, all the offered rewards are by artisans with a large team ready to face such challenges. Also, we have limited the number of pledges to amounts that we know are manageable within the time period before the promised delivery dates. We highly value your support, and guarantee that we will fulfill all the pledges. Thank you for believing in our mission.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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