Welcome to the African Bags Online Store!
This African Bags Online Store is powered by Pro-poor African Curio Trade (PROACT). The Fair Trade shop aims at addressing the problems facing the rural marginalized women, namely; poverty, youth unemployment and gender inequality through the sale of hand made bags, baskets and Kiondos.
More than 50% of Kenyans especially women live below the poverty line (CBS), baskets, Kiondo and african bags weaving is one of the best means of helping the poor women in Kenya. This is so since baskets weaving skills are inherent with , requires little capital to kick off and the fact that bags weaving is labour intensive and requires semi-skilled labour. Essentially, African bags online shop works with women since majority are the sole breadwinners in most rural homesteads. Most women in Kenya lacks land, adequate employment in agriculture and or formal employment.
Currently, African Bags Shop is working with over 500 women members who are benefiting from this African bags/kiondos/baskets hand weaving outfit. We use an alternative dimension to international curio trade by promoting sustainable development for the marginalized women baskets weavers in Kenya. African Bags Online Shop primary goal is thus to help the marginalized and disadvantaged Kenyan women by advancing micro-loans, promoting women independence and gender equality, providing decent working conditions, increasing their production capacity and helping them to sell their hand woven bags at fair prices in the Fair Trade Market.
We are guided by the slogan "Give the marginalized women a fish and you feed them for today, teach them to fish and you feed them forever". We believe that sustainable african baskets weaving is better than aid since it equips the women with a sustainable means of earning their livelihood as opposed to waiting for funds which might not be forthcoming or may not be consistent.
Currently, African Bags is coordinating the production and the marketing of products from three workshops in Kenya: Tsiekuru, Masii, Gitugi and Kitui. Each workshop is self-managed; salaries and working conditions are well above other production centres from the same sector. In excess of this members are trained on how to produce high quality bags, baskets and kiondos, how to save and reinvest their earnings, how to form social groups and how to improve their welfare. At the moment we are working with over 500 women who are african bags weavers and are making handmade bags from wool, sisal, baobab and banana fibres.
Baobab Shoulder Bag
The baobab bag is hand woven from the bark of Baobab tree. The baobab back is sustainably harvested from the baobab tree, the bark is tried and the beaten to release the baobab strings, they are then chewed by women and then rolled into strings which are used for hand weaving the baobab bag. The baobab...
Natural Banana Fibre bag
This natural bag is made of natural banana fibres. The fibers of the banana plant are twisted, Measures approximately 8" X 8" fully lined natural bag and hand woven. The double woven handles of this natural bag can be pulled to fold the bag or stretched to open the bag. This natural bag measures approximately...
Zipper Baobab Bag
This tightly woven baobab bag has flat leather handles. It is approximately 13 inches deep and 15 inches in diameter with a zippered opening. Has two shoulder leather straps measuring 36
Open Brown Baobab Bag
This tightly woven baobab bag has flat leather handles, dyed brown. It is approximately 15 inches deep and 16 inches in diameter with a hemmed opening. Has two shoulder straps measuring 36
Banana Fibre Bag
This banana fibre bag is hand woven from natural materials (banana fiber). The banana fibre is first soaked in water and threads are twisted into strands .Finally the banana fibre strands are woven into beautiful banana fibre baskets. The babana fibre bag measures approximately 10" X 10 , The two short...
Natural Sisal Handbag
This African Sisal bag is made of Natural Sisal. The women weave the bag by twisting the natural sisal fibres to create the based. Later, hand woven leather is stitched to the top and Leather handles are stitched to the bag. The sisal fibre acquire the sand colour by boiling them in water with sand soil....
Cream Crochet Gab
The African Crochet Bag is made hand crocheted using Polypropylene material. The bag has a complementary hand crocheted pouch made of the same material. The bag has a stiffened base, nylon lining and an inside mobile pocket with a zip. The crochet bag and crochet pouch measurements are as below. a) Cream...
Banana fibre basket
This banana fibre basket has a leather bottom to hold it in shape. Also have one shoulder strap and two small twisted handles. The diameter of the babana fiber basket at the top is '10' inches and at the base is 7, the height is '10' inch
Checked Sisal Shoulder Bag
This tightly hand woven fine sisal bag bag is checked and has a flat base. The checked Sisal bag is approximately 14 inches deep and 16 inches in diameter with a zippered opening. Has two shoulder leather straps measuring 36
Zebra Sisal bag
The Zebra bag is made of sisal plan fibers of the sisal plant that were twisted, dyed and hand woven. The black and white colours depict the African/common zebra body patterns. It is approximately 8" X 12" zippered bag. The upper edge is trimmed with black suede and has a 10" zipper for secure closure...
This beaded purse is made of brown and cream flat beads. The beads are joined using a fishing line to form a nice meshed pattern. The purse has an interior linen lining and a small side pocket inside which has a zip. The beaded purse has a zip. The beaded bag is of medium size and measures 8 inches by...
Baobab Backpack Bag
The Baobab backpack is woven from the Baobab tree fibres/strings This baobab backpack bag has approximately 12" of hand woven baobab and 9" of soft leather top. There are two leather backpack straps 3/4" wide with buckle adjustments, leather pull, and small leather flap for closure. .