WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT BEAUTIFUL HANDICRAFTS AND DESIGNS THAT UPLIFT THE CREATIVITY AND THE SPIRIT OF AFRICA
Soava is pronounced "Soo-ah-vah" and means to do good, "to be well", and "to be blessed" in the Malagasy language. Malagasy is the language of the people of Madagascar, an island of Africa located in the Indian Ocean, off the coasts of Mozambique and South Africa.
WE CAREFULLY CURATE OUR COLLECTIONS TO REFLECT THE FOLLOWING:
THE BEST FROM NATURE:
Our products are made of natural fibers and materials so that they feel and look as natural as possible on your skin and in your home. These include raffia, sisal, wood, clay, cotton, leather, linen and silk. The natural fibers are grown and hand-loomed on the African continent. A few of our products are also made of up-cycled materials because we believe in repurposing and in recreating beautiful things for the respect of our planet.
MADE BY HAND:
Our products are made by hand, one at a time by skilled artisans. For this reason, the products you purchase from us are unique and help their makers make a living. Many of our products are made as part of a community project or a social enterprise that seeks to address the needs of its members in a holistic way.
We carefully choose each item in our collections to feature products that help provide livelihoods to the communities that make them while also contributing to preserving traditional craftmanship and culture.
Soava is passionate about beautiful handicrafts and designs that uplift the creativity and the spirit of Africa. Soava values high quality, skilled craftmanship, natural fibers and sustainable materials, culture, stories and tradition.
We strongly believe in the importance of protecting our planet and our environment, both for preserving nature and for our health. We believe that humans can live in harmony with each other and with nature. We strive to manage our business and live our lives according to God's Word.
We have opened this store to connect the world to the best handicraft from African artisans and designers. We source all our products from Africa to contribute to the sustainable economic development of African communities and to help the world discover Africa's beauty, diversity, and cultural richness. We partner with African designers, community groups, and artisans, many of whom are women who live in vulnerable communities. Our products are currently coming from nine countries.
Soava's founder, Haritiana, is a native of the island of Madagascar. We are a New Orleans-based small business with global roots. We love discovering and connecting with different cultures around the globe.
We were blessed to have lived and traveled to different parts of the world through work in health care and public health. Through our travels and living in some of the poorest countries, we witnessed how economic empowerment and independence are crucial for bringing about human dignity, sustainability and access to education and health care.
We are thrilled to connect with you! Let's make this journey together. Let's make the world a better place.
Xo from the Soava Team.
Inside Zele, 2841 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70125, USA
Hours: Mon. through Sat. 10:30am - 6:00pm and Sun. 12pm - 5:00pm
Office & mailing address:
4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125
Hello@SoavaStore.com - 1 (985) 326-9103