UofG Fairtrade Messenger Bag

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Reversible messenger bag in upcycled denim and chitenji cloth with University of Glasgow crest.

Lined and padded, with pockets, wooden toggles and shoulder strap.

These bags are the result of a great collaboration between the University and charity partnership Chifundo and Chanasa and help to fund manufacturing skills training and medical scholarship funding in Malawi.

The bags are made by local women in Blantyre, Malawi who are equipped with new skills in tailoring and sewing and are paid fairly for their work.

The bags are made from a mixture of upcycled denim and chitenji cloth.

A chitenji is a large piece of colourful printed cotton which can be worn like a sarong, used as a sling to carry a baby or made into clothing. Chitenjis are traditionally worn in Malawi and many other African countries. They are printed with a huge variety of intricate and colourful designs, meaning that no two of these bags are exactly the same.

All profit from the bags is donated by the University to a scholarship fund in Malawi which enables intellectually gifted young women who wouldn't otherwise have the financial means to attend the College of Medicine.

The charities themselves are directed and run by women in both the UK and Malawi: see www.chanasachifundomalawi.org