This is where it all began! The first conscious creation was born in a tiny town - Iringa, Tanzania, when traveling there in February 2015.
These custom mandala bags were lovingly made by the talented people at Neema Crafts, an organization dedicated to helping local people with disabilities, many deaf or having other physical handicaps.
In Tanzania, there's still a substantial stigma associated with having a disability. Neema Crafts is helping those with disabilities gain dignity and respect, when before they could resort only to street begging, but they're also helping to change local attitudes towards those with disabilities.
Neema employs some really talented artisans and I am excited to be collaborating with them in this labor of love!