Bag Project and Sanitary Project
The Mbedza Community Crafts Project began in 2008 as an attempt to provide women in the area around Mbulukuta village with work. The ladies produce a bag using local chitenje materials. More recently, we have added other items which include aprons, place mats and a sanitary product for girls. The amount of work that we are able to provide the ladies is totally reliant on our ability to sell through our very generous volunteers, who give huge amounts of their time. In addition to the ladies, this project also provides work for a craftsmen who makes the carved animals that adorn the bags.
The ladies use this income to pay for school fees for their sons and daughters, medicine, food and other essentials. Ruth (pictured below with sewing machine on her head) saved her earnings to buy a stove. Seeing this gave us the idea for the stove project.
CAN YOU HELP?
- Become one of our ambassadors and sell these bags to friends, family and neighbours. Perhaps your workplace could provide you with the opportunity to display these? Please contact us if you would like to help and we can supply you with bags and other materials.
- Visit Gatehouse Cafe in York and see a sample of bags.
The reality in Malawi is that very few girls can afford any form of sanitary provision. This means that each month they miss several days from school and over a year up to 40/50 days can be lost. Inspired by the 'Days for Girls' project, Ruth Webster from York worked with our bag-ladies to produce a washable sanitary product suitable for the Malawian culture. During 2015 - 2016 all the female students enrolled in the MOSES scheme were provided with a sanitary bag and other packs were distributed to girls in local schools.
CAN YOU HELP?
- Sponsor the making of a Sanitary Pack for £9.
- Become an Ambassador for the project and give a presentation about it, we can provide you with materials.
- Join us on one of our group visits to Malawi and see the difference this product is making.