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A taste of Ndara, and a piece of advice on chili

A taste of Ndara, and a piece of advice on chili

Food is an essential part of culture, and that is no different for us here in the Central African Republic. There are many delicious meals and recipes, and we have some really talented cooks on the Ndara team!

Those who read our blog about the many languages we have in the Central African Republic might not be surprised to learn that each ethnical group (yes, all 77 of them!) also have at least one traditional dish that originates from their geographical region in the country.

Availability and access to produce...


How do you eat an elephant?

How do you eat an elephant?

You have probably noticed that sayings such as “vote with your money” and “energy goes where attention flows” are more and more common. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of where products come from, who made them and what impact their purchases are having. As a small artisan business we could not be more thankful for this trend. 

Where and how you spend your money matters not only to your wallet, but also to our artisans.  For them, it can literally be a question of food on the table, healthcare for a sick loved one, or schooling for...


What you said (and a secret)...

What you said (and a secret)...

If you have been following us, you know that we started Ndara to share another story from the Central African Republic. We wanted to shine a spotlight on the joy, resilience and beauty that comes out of this country in the heart of Africa.  We wanted a double-impact: change the lives of our artisans and their communities and inspire change in the lives of Ndara’s supporters. One part of doing this is opening up our web shop, in the end of this blog you will find out how you can get exclusive access to our...


Cleaning and culture; affairs of their own

Cleaning and culture; affairs of their own

If you read our blog post about how Bangui looks during the rainy season, it may not surprise you to hear that keeping our Ndara boutique squeaky clean is a challenge… for many reasons. 

First, the boutique is a rectangle with only three sides. One long side is completely open to our lush garden. Second, what Bangui lacks in number of seasons - it only has two, the rainy one and the dry one - it makes up for it in intensity of the seasons. 

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How to survive and thrive through different seasons.

How to survive and thrive through different seasons.

We are in the middle of June; full-on rainy season in tropical Bangui.  Rainy season near the equator means heavy rains falling from dark skies for several hours a day. 

The Oubangui river, which is also the border between the Central African Republic and Congo, swells as the water rises, swallowing sand banks, rocks, and sometimes even parts of the road that has been built too close to the river. The red soil is turned into slippery red mud that gets splattered on everything and as the humidity in the air increases so does the...