Zikomo Bags: A student run small enterprise

A fantastic way to empower women!

This Guest INDEVOUR blog post is written by Kyla McKee, an ambassador for Zikomo Bags.

Zikomo Bags is a social entrepreneurship based in Lilongwe, Malawi. Eleven women sew over-the-shoulder bags from local chitenge material. These Zikomo Bags are sold both locally and in Canada, and all profits go directly to the women who make them. The goals of this project are skills sharing, empowerment, community building and income generation.

Kristy May, a graduate from the INDEV program at the University of Waterloo, co-founded Zikomo Bags with Katie Lezeu. When Kristy went on her 8-month placement to Vietnam, she needed volunteers to run the Canadian sales and operations. Heather Ramshaw, Madiha Vallani, and I (Kyla McKee) were selected to be Waterloo Ambassadors for Zikomo Bags.

We have learned so much through this opportunity and gained many applicable skills. We redesigned our website, set up online sales used social…

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  1. I too am typically a one handbag person. I’ve been reluctant to part with my 4-year-old bag even though it’s orange, and nylon, because its external compartments work so well for me. I saw this bag and thought I’d try an on-line purchase again – haven’t been too lucky in past attempts and retail stores never seem to have what I want. I am very happy with this purchase – from the price, to the quality, to the time it took to receive it. The external compartments work very well for me (for keys, cellphone, eyeglasses and sunglasses, eye-drops and lip balm, coupons, etc.) and there’s compartment space for more. There is only one inner compartment (w/zipper) but thats sufficient for me. ”

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