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1901 Centre Avenue, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States

(412) 228-5160

The Ujamaa Collective is a non-profit organization of women of African descent who are entrepreneurs, artisans, artists and individuals who are committed to serving their community through leadership. Through Ujamaa, artisans will have an economic outlet for their work, micro-enterprises will have the support to grow, customers will gain access to locally-produced items, and Pittsburgh will have a regional destination to draw customers and visitors to the Historic Hill District.

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Arts & Cooperative Business Program for Young Women starts in March

LaKeisha Wolf

Ujamaa is looking for 10 young women between ages 15-21 for a hands-on, experiential arts and entrepreneurship program in our Hill District boutique. Thanks to a grant from The Heinz Endowment's Transformative Arts Program, Ujamaa has retained a resident teaching artist for our program, Ujamaa's very own member Dawn Surgest. As a professional fashion designer, Dawn will prepare participants with skills in textile design and sewing, with the opportunity for launching their own brands within a supportive, cooperative setting. 

We are all truly excited about this program and look forward to the consistent youth engagement and await to see all of the creations we know our young sisters are capable of!

Maker Faire Pittsburgh

LaKeisha Wolf

 

 

Ujamaa Collective is proud to be a part of this year's Maker Faire Pittsburgh. Please stop by our booth #210 join in the fun, make something and see what exciting things Ujamaa is working on with our partners in Tanzania. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Here's a discount for all
Maker family and friends:
 


10% off Maker Faire Tickets purchased online*
Use code
MAKERSFF


*This code is not valid on Children's Museum Member tickets, with other discounts or for tickets purchased in person at the Faire.
 

Purchase Maker Faire tickets here.

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Become a Consumer Member of Ujamaa Collective

LaKeisha Wolf

Ujamaa Collective is committed to putting our values into practice through the development of a (consumer) cooperative investment opportunity for those in our local network to help advance our common interest goals of supporting enterprises that will supply quality Africana made items- cultural, artistic and otherwise functional. Please highly consider becoming an invested member of our cooperative business community.

Join our Cooperation Over Competition Campaign! Donate $100 and receive a membership card for discounts on every purchase you make in our Boutique and at our Marketplace events. 

Be a part of the solution for Black-owned business presence in Pittsburgh. Benefit from the collective cooperation to be the change we need.

 

 

Ujamaa Ag Co-op Introduces The Deluxe Dozen

LaKeisha Wolf

We are really excited to share that the farm season is off to a growing start- introducing Ujamaa Agricultural Cooperative’s Early Summer Bouquet Collection, featuring cultivated and wildcrafted edible and medicinal plants!

 

1 Dozen Ox-Eye Daisies- Deluxe (pictured)

Contents: 12 Ox-Eye Daisy stems , 3 Chaffs of Wheat, 5 Plaintain Scapes, Chocolate Mint, 2 Chive Scapes, Red Clover, Black Meddick, & Stalk of Field Pennycress Seeds

Lasts up to 14 days with daily changes of water.

Plaintain scapes, Chive flowers & Chocolate Mint can be chopped & added to myriad dishes

Daisies, Red Clover & Chocolate Mint can be steeped in 8-24 oz of boiling water for 5-7 mins for wonderful herbal teas

Pennycress seeds can be removed from pods & eaten.

All herbs can be preserved for later use by hanging in small bundles or placing on a rack in a single layer until completely dry. About 10 days.

Local is Important

LaKeisha Wolf

One of the biggest “issues” for artists and craftspeople (particularly women) is how to price their creations. And for the average shopper, price sometimes is a determining factor in whether that item will make it off the shelf and to a new home. On limited incomes, many of us look for the deal or the lowest price- although that doesn’t always guarantee the best quality. While the handmade artist must cover all expenses, from business overhead, the cost of supplies and the value of their time like any other big business, it is very difficult to compete with similar items factory-manufactured cheaply in other countries. Small, independent artists and businesses rely on our neighbors to not only value the creativity put into designs and handmade wares, but also recognize the value of spending dollars locally.

When you buy something from a big-box store, like a Target or Walmart for example, your dollars leave our community pretty quickly. When you buy that similar item from a locally-owned independent store, your dollars stay in the community for much longer, and have the opportunity to work on behalf of your neighborhood. So even if the item is priced a few dollars higher at the local store versus the big-box, it’s important to think beyond the immediate return and think longer term. If that dollar has a chance to circulate between more hands in our neighborhood, more people benefit. In places like the Hill District where local economies are suffering, it’s not just due to low cash flow- it’s also a huge result of how and where that money is spent. And the other benefit of a local business is the accountability they have to the community in which they reside. Many times that business gives to the neighborhood in real and tangible ways, so your dollar is putting in more work. And if the business is not, you should have access to the owner/operator to suggest ways they can give back to the neighborhood that supports their business. Economics is a relationship of value, worth and choices- let’s do our best to choose the options that support more of what we care about and not less.

Cooperatively yours,

LaKeisha Wolf
Executive Director