The Ndara Blog

What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?

What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?

For Nadia it was Ndara’s boutique, just a few hours before it opened.  For me, Charlotte, it was watching the Ndara artisans first learn how to read and write, then watching them stand with the clients and write out invoices, selling products they made in a boutique we built ourselves entirely by hand. We had come a long way for this to happen. As we are nearing our one year anniversary (June 4th), I want to reflect on what this boutique has meant to...


What do sales and sweeping a yard have in common?

What do sales and sweeping a yard have in common?

Any business coach will tell you that in order for your business to thrive, you need to know your customer. For us, this means that the artisans providing customer service in the Bangui boutique need to understand who they are selling to. This understanding can be challenging to come by, given the extreme difference in the artisan and the customers' lived experiences. 

Who is our average maker – our artisan?
She is an adult central African woman who has never left the Central African Republic. She lives in...


Why do business in the most difficult place?

Why do business in the most difficult place?

Ndara’s business structure was intentionally designed to fit the very particular circumstances that come with living and working in the Central African Republic. CAR is a landlocked country in the middle of Africa, with poor accessibility, high prices, and volatile security. It has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, and is one of the most difficult places in the world to do business according to international rankings.

We are producing products for the developed world in a developing country.   Production was designed to be possible without electricity, without prior skills, with minimal tools...


How do you start anything at all?

How do you start anything at all?

This week Charlotte tells the story of Ndara’s first rug and how Ndara started.  

Ndara’s story starts with a burst of color on a roadside in Uganda.  

In 2017, I was driving across Uganda on my way back home to the Central African Republic. I was weary.  Life in CAR since the violent civil unrest started in 2013 was exhausting, but as everyone living there I carried on with my work despite the fear and constant disruptions due to violence. Yet, I was growing  increasingly angry and frustrated by the international media’s negative portrayal of CAR...


MARTIAL #UNESALADPOURLAPAIX

MARTIAL #UNESALADPOURLAPAIX

This week we will be speaking with Martial Nvouka, the self-taught chef who serves you fresh fruit juices, coffee, tea and pancakes every Saturday at the Ndara boutique.

Martial's full menu is available here and if you live in Bangui you can join Martial's WhatsApp (000236 72 78 74 07) group to find out what's on the menu this week. Martial and the Ndara boutique can be found at Avenue de la Victoire, Bangui, Central African Republic.

Together we support each other: Martial uses our well equipped, reliable kitchen to grow his business and...