Shanzu Shoulder Bag, Kenya
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Made by the young women at Shanzu Transitional Workshop in Mombasa, these brilliantly colored bags are very well made, practical, and a great accent to any outfit. Shoulder bags, designed to limit the stress on your shoulder, are approximately 14" wide from seam to seam and 19" from the strap to the bottom, have a zipper in the wide strap for keeping money and small items, and a zipper closure.
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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