Afrikrea.com is an online marketplace hosting the shops of over 2.000 designers in 75 countries, African or not, enabling buyers from all over the world to acquire simply and directly their creations. Today, it grew to become an engaged community of over 150.000 followers who gets access to the largest choice of clothing for women, men, kids and babies, as well as jewellery, bags, accessories, art pieces or decoration objects inspired by Africa. After growing themselves in Mali and coming to France for their studies, the founders Moulaye and Kadry were surprised to realize just how rare, appreciated and value creating, especially in the West. But they are more even more pleasantly surprised that thousands of talented designers were based in the USA, Canada or France and everywhere else, and that them too needed to be supported and the proper tools to sell online. Joined by Luc, their 3rd co-founder, they then decided to create a platform that will allow them to not only offer the largest choice of these beautiful products but also the best selling experience with free shops and a commission of only 10 to 15% on each sale. From there, the current website is launched in April 2016, with a mobile first, fully responsive and tools packed solution including an internal messaging system where over 20.000 messages are exchanged each month!
Since then, the start-up already shows numerous signs of success: • over $2millions of transactions on the platform; • more than a thousand new products added each week, • over 50.000 users in 174 countries in the world • more than 20.000 evaluations with an average 95% satisfaction from clients, that you can see for yourself in real time on the open and unfiltered Ratings page here: https://www.afrikrea.com/ratings After successfully raising funds from top tier investors in France, the founders decided to move their entire team back to Africa, specifically in Abidjan (Ivory Coast)! From there, with a small but dedicated multicultural team of 10, they are set to serve even better sellers and delight buyers all over the world. To put it in a nutshell, www.afrikrea.com enables another experience of e-commerce, more transparent therefore more ethical, with direct exchange between buyers and sellers. This buying experience is about conviviality first and sharing the love of African culture inside an open and growing community!