Fair Trade Shanzu Yoga Mat Bag

Fair Trade Shanzu Yoga Mat Bag
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The quintessential bag for yoga mats and other yoga essentials, the Shanzu yoga bag is ample enough to carry two rolled yoga mats and has two--not one--but two zipper interior pockets. Designed to be worn over the shoulder or across the chest, the wide strap is 33 inches long. And to ensure the calm resulting from yoga stays with you, the bag has a lengthwise zipper so there is no struggle to stow the mat. The diameter is approximately 7 inches and the length is approximately 27 inches. Made from the ubiquitous kikoys sold in the Kenyan markets, all bags are lined with black cotton and accented with the black and white Shanzu label. Colors will vary.Please specify a color preference at checkout in the comments section. Every effort will be made to accomodate. Each bag sold individually.

Started as a Girl Guide project in Eastern Kenya in 1992, Shanzu Transitional Workshop enables young women with disabilities to gain skills that enable them to become productive and confident members of the community and society.

The girls arrive at Shanzu at the age of 17 to start a two year training program. During their stay they learn production skills and tailoring, as well as gain basic business experience and a vast array of other skills. Upon completion of the two-year training, each girl leaves with a tailoring qualification, a sewing machine and personal skills that better equip her for an independent life. Many of the graduates continue to work with Shanzu, producing products for export orders.

The girls and graduates are paid a share of the profits when their work is sold to tourists and passers-by and now internationally through fair trade organizations. All of the products carry the distinctive Shanzu patch, not hidden inside but proudly sewn where everyone can see it.

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