For the first four years Ndara’s sales took place by word of mouth, by appointment, or at annual markets. During the Covid19 pandemic Charlotte took a big leap of faith and decided to build a boutique. In February 2021 the Ndara team broke ground. During a period of four months a team of local builders, carpenters and electricians worked non-stop to build the boutique from scratch. From the digging of the foundation, to the walls made of handmade mud bricks, to the last finishing touches of the handmade furniture, the Ndara boutique is a true labor of love and longing.
A longing for the world to bear witness to, and be inspired by, the skills and resilience of the Central African artisans. The Ndara boutique opened in June 2021 and is fully managed by the Ndara artisans. A team of two artisans manage the boutique on a weekly rotating schedule while the rest of the team works on production in the workshop. The boutique management teams include a senior artisan, more confident in writing and reading, paired with a junior artisan who is still learning. The brick and mortar Ndara boutique offers something special for the artisans beyond a safe place to work and learn: it offers an opportunity for them to be proud of how far they have come, and of what they create. It offers them an opportunity to showcase their creativity, resilience and ingenuity.