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Hon. Anite flagging off products

The Minister of State of Finance for Investment and Privatisation, Hon Evelyn Anite,  has flagged off All Across Africa company products to Europe. 

All Across Africa is the first ever and only woven company in Africa that deals in hand made products like, baskets, doormat, table mats, interior and exterior design items in thousands of colors and designs. Some of the company’s customers include Disney, west elm, Ralph Lauren, Target, the  citizen art and many others. 

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Hon Anite appreciated the All Across Africa  for creating jobs for over two thousand Ugandans through teaching them different craft skills, providing them with raw materials and ready market. 

“This is what I have learned here all across Africa found the women with the skills and  empowered them. If you go to old Kampala, I know that the markets are selling this at 5000 Ugandan shillings but now this organization has access to markets, which is taking us to Europe with our products. So, this is taking us to the world,” she said.

Greg Stone, the CEO of All Across Africa, said that the company’s major retailers are in America because of the good quality they offer. 

“We have the biggest retailers in America for our products because of the high-quality products that are being created by these women; the women of Uganda, the eco friendliness of it and natural fibers.”

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He further said most of the American customers can’t believe the products are hand-made. 

Asked on how they managed to brand themselves in Europe, he stressed that they take those traditional techniques, and turn them into two designs and shapes and colors that are unique to the American market.

One of the workers told us about she has benefited from All Across Africa.

“I am a 27-year-old married, married with two children. I started weaving four years ago under the mentorship of my mother-in-law. With my earnings here, I support my husband in getting a better education for our children. When free. I play with my children,” she said.

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“We believe that charity is not the solution to poverty but creating jobs, ready markets and a good salary wage are a solution to the most challenging problems in the world.”

It should be remembered that Uganda was recently recognised and awarded as the best investment destination in the East Africa region at the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into Uganda grew from $1.36billion in April 2022 to $1.5 billion for the year ending April 2023