These bracelets made out of recycled plastic are made in Mali by an association that counts 160 women. A large portion of the proceeds from the Jokko jewellery sales collected by ASAO (Association du Sénégal et de l’Afrique de l’Ouest) go to the charity l’Empire des Enfants, a center for homeless kids in Dakar. The funds collected also finance several charity projects in Senegal and Mali.
After spending a few years in Africa, Valérie Schlumberger is back in Paris. In 1995, she created CSAO and opened her first shop Rue de Grenelle in an old warehouse at the back of a courtyard. The idea was to promote West African handycraft and artists whilst building solid and sustainable relationship with each of them.