Nyasha Manyonda - Afrobag

Finalist of the The Most Socially Responsible Handbag


2008 Finalist Nyasha Manyonda Afrobag


What country are your bags manufactured?
Zimbabwe, Africa

Please explain how your bags are socially responsible?
We create employment for low income individuals and their families. Our materials are also sourced from a cross-section of artisans who make the handbag accessories eg hand-carved wooden handles, wire accessories and buttons with African symbols and natural beads. We have a lot more planned for the future.

Why did you choose this country to have your bags made and what made you decided to give back?
I am Zimbabwean and it has been so hard to read the news about my country. I am not afraid to go there to make a difference because it is my homeland.

How have your bags impacted this community?
We have planted seeds of hope. This comes with an enormous sense of responsibility for us because there are individuals just waiting for us to place an order. This is a new venture but there is a lot of pressure on use because we see the hunger in the eyes of the artisans for foreign business and we are their only hope.

What is your design philosophy?

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