Engalaweni is the 7th village to join the Africa Bags project! They joined Africa Bags in June of 2009. We are very excited to have them onboard! This group is producing some of the most beautiful Reusable Cloth Shopping Bags ever!
Engalaweni is unique in that they were already a group of experienced sewers. Before we ever arrived the ladies of Engalaweni were using hand cranked treadle sewing machines. Immediately, the ladies of Engalaweni were making the most beautiful cloth shopping bags!
Engalaweni presented us with a gift during our first visit in 2009 to thank us for bringing the Africa Bags project to their village. Our gift, a live goat, became the Africa Bags pet. Kuzi, the Mbuzi (goat in Timbuku) is living in Viweme Village with his goat wife raising many babies!
Embangweni is currently still producing our Reusable Cloth Shopping Bags, but have also taken on many new exciting bags as well. Embangweni now produces the Africa Bags Back Sack, and the Africa Bags Shoulder Back Pack.
Emganweni, the largest group within Africa Bags, currently consists of 40 women. Many of these women walk miles to participate in the project. In 2017 we decided to divide this group into smaller groups enabling these women to produce Africa Bags closer to home.