Amsha's main mission is to make the world a better place, for people and the planet, one handmade piece at a time. Amsha was created in 2012 by Laura Walker. After a trip to East Africa in 2008 Laura developed a deep sense of awe for its diverse people and cultures. She decided to dedicate her life to using business and design as a tool for meaningful social change. Amsha uses modern design, traditional techniques, and business as tools to educate and employ underserved artisans in Africa by providing skills training and a market connection. All Amsha pieces are designed in their Portland, Oregon studio and delicately made by artisans in Africa. With the purchase of Amsha goods, they create opportunities for six women’s co-ops and several independent artisans across Africa. Their makers are provided with skills training, market access, fair pay, a collaborative work environment, and a path for economic independence.