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Union of Peasants for Self Development

Union of Peasants for Self Development

Niger
Artisans working with the Union of Peasants for Self Development (UPAP) make traditional Tuareg handicrafts. The Tuareg, nomadic herders of Saharan north and west Africa, now also work as traders or cultivate crops in fertile oases. Tuareg artisans of UPAP use income from craft production to supplement their subsistence farming and other livelihoods.In 1993, young craftspeople in Terhazer, a village near Agadez, the largest city of northern Niger, organized to create leather handicrafts and silver jewelry. After traveling through France, selling from backpacks for several years, Illies Mouhmoud and his friends organized formally and began UPAP in 1999. UPAP now has shops in Niamey, Niger's capital, and in Agadez, and participates in local African fairs. UPAP also sells to fair trade organizations in France and North America. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from UPAP since 2002.

Union of Peasants for Self Development

  • Amastan Tuareg Sterling Silver Earrings

    SKU: 1301120
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Crafted by expert artisans in Niger, the Amastan Tuareg Sterling Silver Earrings are a unique find. Trapezoids etched with a detailed design hang f...

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  • Safia Tuareg Ebony Collar Necklace

    SKU: 1301040
    Handcrafted in Niger

    The forever piece in your collection that will always lead people to ask: Where did you find that! Slip on the Safia Tuareg Ebony Collar Necklace a...

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    Original price $325.00 - Original price $325.00
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  • Sakina Tuareg Ebony Pendant Necklace

    SKU: 1301050
    Handcrafted in Niger

    A collectible, limited edition piece, the Sakina Tuareg Ebony Pendant Necklace is handcrafted in Niger from locally sourced ebony and sterling silv...

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    Original price $300.00 - Original price $300.00
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  • Ziri Silver Tuareg Bracelet

    SKU: 1301060
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Embody Tuareg tradition's graceful and timeless beauty with the Ziri Silver Tuareg Bracelet. Handcrafted by a traditionally nomadic artisan group i...

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    Original price $125.00 - Original price $125.00
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  • Zdan Silver Tuareg Bracelet

    SKU: 1301070
    Handcrafted in Niger

    This limited edition, handcrafted Zdan Silver Tuareg Bracelet is a unique piece of art made by a traditionally nomadic artisan group in Niger. Comb...

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    Original price $125.00 - Original price $125.00
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  • Ami Tuareg Drop Earrings

    SKU: 1301100
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Step out with the Ami Tuareg Drop Earrings, ethically handcrafted from sterling silver and ebony. Long, clean lines bring your personality into any...

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    Original price $79.99 - Original price $79.99
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  • Najaa Tuareg Drop Earrings

    SKU: 1301110
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Any look becomes luxurious with the Najaa Tuareg Drop Earrings. Crafted from sterling silver and fine ebony wood, each unique piece features finely...

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    Original price $79.99 - Original price $79.99
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  • Silver Tapestry Earrings

    SKU: 1301030
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Handcrafted sterling silver earrings made by the Tuareg people, a nomadic people in North Africa, who have been silversmithing for generations. The...

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    Original price $29.00 - Original price $29.00
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  • Centered Necklace

    SKU: 1301020
    Handcrafted in Niger

    The Centered Necklace is a piece of Tuareg jewelry, handcrafted in sterling silver with the Tuareg people's signature geomentric designs. The Tuare...

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    Original price $131.00 - Original price $131.00
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  • Twilight Necklace

    SKU: 1301010
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Handcrafted of sterling silver, with round ebony pendant, the Twilight Necklace is a beautiful fair trade jewelry addition to your wardrobe.

    Original price $131.00 - Original price $131.00
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  • Etched Shapes Necklace

    SKU: 1301380

    Nklc etch/hinge plate strlg/onyx

    Original price MSRP $137.50
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  • Inner Circle Earrings

    SKU: 1301710
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Errg crcl in crcl silv/ebony 1D

    Original price $29.50 - Original price $29.50
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  • Eclipse Earrings

    SKU: 1301730
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Errg disc half ebony/silv 1D blk

    Original price $39.50 - Original price $39.50
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  • Sand Lines Earrings

    SKU: 1301360
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Errg etched bar Tuareg silv 2.5L

    Original price $34.50 - Original price $34.50
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  • Ebony Eclipse Necklace

    SKU: 1301720
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Nklc pend disc ebony/silv 2Dx20

    Original price $225.00 - Original price $225.00
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  • Etched Shapes Earrings

    SKU: 1301390
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Errg etch/hinge trngl strlg 1.5L

    Original price $69.99 - Original price $69.99
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  • Triangle of Knowledge Earrings

    SKU: 1301680
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Errg trngl strlg/ebony 1.5L

    Original price $34.50 - Original price $34.50
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  • Ebony & Silver Ring

    SKU: 1301740
    Handcrafted in Niger

    Don’t worry about sizing. This stunning fine silver ring with hand-engraved details and ebony inlay also has an adjustable band, making it an even ...

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