I was born and raised in West Africa, a place steeped in traditions. My mother traveled extensively throughout our region to run her business selling handmade beauty and fashion products. After growing up and moving away I was drifting until I had to stop and fight a cancer that had taken root in my body. This terrifying event inspired me to do more research into my roots , the traditions and organic natural products that I took for granted growing up. Because I had been traveling and living in the USA, it was now clear just how special these traditions are.
During my healing process I connected with talented artisans from different countries across Africa, each of them creating beautiful and unique works of art native to their culture. Daakan, which means destiny in Mandingue, grew out of my desire to share these talents with the world and carrying the beauty of my cultural heritage to the rest of the world.
At Daakan, our mission is to support these handmade cultural traditions from Africa and provide economic support to these talented people. Due to this, we work closely with the cooperatives we are partnered with and make sure everything is created ethically and sustainably and that we pay them fairly for their work.
Moving forward, Daakan hopes to expand its mission to not only include empowering these artists and creating a better life for them, but also to help provide education to children, provide support for women and men who are working in organic sustainable farming, and more. As a child of Africa, my dream is for these populations to have full access to healthcare, clean water, healthy food, and education, so that they can prosper and break the cycle of poverty.
Thank you so much for stopping by and showing us some love. Oumou