Fill With Purpose

If you’re on your way to the beach or grocery store, grab a tote from Swahili African Modern. These durable, upcycled bags are made by African artisans who are paid a fair wage. Founder Leslie Mittelberg lived in Kenya over twenty years ago, where she was captivated by local crafts and art. To widen their market, she created Swahili African Modern, whose Fair Trade practices ensure fair pay to improve artisans’ lives. Swahili’s totes are made with leftover material from Senegalese prayer mats, which are factory-woven from strands of bright, durable plastic. Widely used in Africa, these mats let families sit and have a meal or work on their crafts. The UN has even used them for refugee sleeping mats. The extra material from the factory is hand-stitched into colorful totes by Swahili’s skilled craft workers. Fill one up at the farmer’s market, and feel good knowing it benefits African artisans and their families.

Swahili African Modern

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Fill With Purpose

If you’re on your way to the beach or grocery store, grab a tote from Swahili African Modern. These durable, upcycled bags are made by African artisans who are paid a fair wage. Founder Leslie Mittelberg lived in Kenya over twenty years ago, where she was captivated by local crafts and art. To widen their market, she created Swahili African Modern, whose Fair Trade practices ensure fair pay to improve artisans’ lives. Swahili’s totes are made with leftover material from Senegalese prayer mats, which are factory-woven from strands of bright, durable plastic. Widely used in Africa, these mats let families sit and have a meal or work on their crafts. The UN has even used them for refugee sleeping mats. The extra material from the factory is hand-stitched into colorful totes by Swahili’s skilled craft workers. Fill one up at the farmer’s market, and feel good knowing it benefits African artisans and their families.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mackenzie
    Mackenzie

    Hi, I'm Mackenzie from Swahili African Modern. We're so excited our totes from Senegal are today's Grommet! I would love to answer any questions you may have about these colorful tote bags that are a favorite of tourists visiting West Africa.

  • celina
    celina
    4/27/2016 11:22 AM

    What a wonderful idea for a tote bag. I do have a couple of questions: Does the bag have a top zipper or a magnet to close the bag? Does the bag have any interior pockets, example slip or zipper pockets to keep items safe and organized? Also, what is the actual size of the bag? And, finally what colors does the bag come in? Thanks

  • Mackenzie
    Mackenzie – Special Guest
    4/27/2016 11:32 AM

    @celina Hi Celina! The bag does not have a closure, nor are there any interior pockets. All great ideas however! The size of the bag is 20" x 8" x 15" and it is available in pink, silver and blue. You can view images of the various colors by clicking the + symbol above in the BUY link.

  • Mary
    Mary
    4/27/2016 3:25 PM

    @Mackenzie How are artists paid for their work? Do they get a share of the profits? Mary S

  • Mackenzie
    Mackenzie – Special Guest
    4/27/2016 3:36 PM

    @Mary Hi Mary! We work with each of our artisan groups to come to an agreed upon cost per piece and they are in turn compensated for each piece produced. We factor the materials and labor cost into the final figure and offer fair payment, substantially higher than what they receive by selling in their local markets.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Swahili African Modern

Oversized Tote

Fill With Purpose

If you’re on your way to the beach or grocery store, grab a tote from Swahili African Modern. These durable, upcycled bags are made by African artisans who are paid a fair wage.

Founder Leslie Mittelberg lived in Kenya over twenty years ago, where she was captivated by local crafts and art. To widen their market, she created
Swahili African Modern, whose Fair Trade practices ensure fair pay to improve artisans’ lives.

Swahili’s totes are made with leftover material from Senegalese prayer mats, which are factory-woven from strands of bright, durable plastic. Widely used in Africa, these mats let families sit and have a meal or work on their crafts. The UN has even used them for refugee sleeping mats.

The extra material from the factory is hand-stitched into colorful totes by Swahili’s skilled craft workers. Fill one up at the farmer’s market, and feel good knowing it benefits African artisans and their families.
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  • Buy 2 or More Totes for Free Shipping

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mackenzie
    Mackenzie

    Hi, I'm Mackenzie from Swahili African Modern. We're so excited our totes from Senegal are today's Grommet! I would love to answer any questions you may have about these colorful tote bags that are a favorite of tourists visiting West Africa.

  • celina
    celina
    4/27/2016 11:22 AM

    What a wonderful idea for a tote bag. I do have a couple of questions: Does the bag have a top zipper or a magnet to close the bag? Does the bag have any interior pockets, example slip or zipper pockets to keep items safe and organized? Also, what is the actual size of the bag? And, finally what colors does the bag come in? Thanks

  • Mackenzie
    Mackenzie – Special Guest
    4/27/2016 11:32 AM

    @celina Hi Celina! The bag does not have a closure, nor are there any interior pockets. All great ideas however! The size of the bag is 20" x 8" x 15" and it is available in pink, silver and blue. You can view images of the various colors by clicking the + symbol above in the BUY link.

  • Mary
    Mary
    4/27/2016 3:25 PM

    @Mackenzie How are artists paid for their work? Do they get a share of the profits? Mary S

  • Mackenzie
    Mackenzie – Special Guest
    4/27/2016 3:36 PM

    @Mary Hi Mary! We work with each of our artisan groups to come to an agreed upon cost per piece and they are in turn compensated for each piece produced. We factor the materials and labor cost into the final figure and offer fair payment, substantially higher than what they receive by selling in their local markets.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.