Bangui Boutique

The Ndara boutique is located at Avenue de la Victoire, Bangui, Central African Republic and it is open daily 10h00-17h00. 

In a constantly changing environment, the brick and mortar Ndara boutique in Bangui, offers something very special for its artisans; a safe place to work, learn, laugh and be together. A home away from home, the boutique does not only provide stability and consistency for the artisans in a constantly changing environment, it is also a place where they continue to grow as they learn how to manage the boutique. The Ndara boutique is also a window where the artisans can display all they have learnt and how far they have come.

Ndara Bangui boutique in Central African Republic



For four years, between May 2017 and May 2021, Ndara sales in Bangui took place by word of mouth, by appointment, at private weekend events, or at annual markets. In the US, products were sold through the webshop, and at local shops and craft markets in upstate New York.

Charlotte designed the boutique, and in February 2021 they broke ground. Over four months Charlotte worked non-stop with a team of local builders, carpenters and electricians to build the boutique from scratch. From the digging of the foundation, to the walls made of handmade mud bricks, to the thatch roof carefully braided by hand, to the last finishing touches of the handmade furniture, the Ndara boutique is a true labour of love and longing. A longing for the world to bear witness to the skills and resilience of the Central African artisans, and for the artisans to have a setting where they can proudly serve and honor their customers and thank them for their support. 

 

The Ndara boutique opened in June 2021 and is fully managed by the 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 one artisan who is more confident in writing and reading, and one who is still learning and gets guidance from her teammate

The Ndara boutique is located at Avenue de la Victoire, Bangui, Central African Republic and it is open daily 10h00-17h00. 

Ndara Bangui boutique in Central African Republic