Petite African Leather Purse

by: Swahili Imports

  • Brightly colored 
  • Soft goatskin leather, repurposed from food industry 
  • Whipstitch seams
  • Contrasting rosette hides magnetic snap closure
Country: Burkina Faso

The artisans of Swahili are located throughout Africa. Michael Zigani and his team are based in Burkina Faso, in West Africa. Handicapped from the waist down and living without any use of his legs, Michael admirably still supports his entire family by designing handcrafted beautiful leather bags. Michael’s smile, creativity and craftsmanship are brilliant. Michael works hard as the lead designer of the vibrant leather handbags he makes with the help of his artisan friends.

Much bone crafting occurs in Nairobi’s Kibera slum. In spite of the high population concentration, poverty and sanitation concerns, many individuals work hard to use their own creativity to elevate their families from the slum. The money earned from crafting discarded bones from nearby butchers and restaurants, allows parents to pay school fees, feed their families and pay rent.

The olive wood is crafted from Kenyan government managed forests. The Akamba artisans inhabit the Machakos region about 75 miles East of Nairobi, Kenya, exhibit great carving skills, and work together in small cooperative groups. The income earned from carving is applied to school fees, clothing, savings and health care.


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