A fantastic way to empower women!
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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