Our Story

Danaqa is an inspirational fashion accessories and lifestyle brand showcasing craftsmanship and supporting women-led businesses in developing countries.

Danaqa celebrates and supports:

  • handmade products and craftsmanship

  • women-led businesses

  • quality and design in all our products

After 12 years living in working in countries such as Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Namibia and Tanzania husband and wife, David and Nadia decided to combine their passion and 20 years combined experience of international development and the traditional handcraft skills and products that they had discovered into a new ethical lifestyle brand.  Launching in 2011 in London’s Notting Hill area, they have grown a local customer base of people who appreciate their quality, unique and handmade product, and love to discover the stories they have to tell.

The name Danaqa means ‘pleasantly surprised’ in Amharic, chosen to reflect the feeling our customers have when discovering the high quality, well-designed products are directly benefiting women-led businesses in developing countries.

Danaqa Ltd specialises in international development projects with a focus on developing small business and financial services to rural communities, working with farmers, women’s groups and local businesses.  Offering both consultancy and research service, Danaqa has previously worked with Oxfam, Save the Children and KfW (German development bank).  For more information please see our services and consultancy pages.