What: Fairtrade from Malawi. These wallets have the cold, smooth look and feel of leather, but are actually made from refashioned rubber inner tubes. A masterclass in craftsmanship and sustainable innovation.
How: These products are made from recycled inner tube by fairly paid tailors in Malawi. This classic style wallet with a Malawian twist has four handy credit card slots, a large note section, lined with eye catching “Chitenge” a wax-printed 100% cotton and is bound with cotton binding. Some of the recycled inner tubes have manufacturers writing or the odd puncture repair patch meaning no two wallets will ever be identical.
Measure: Length 9.5cm Width 11cm
Who: Cycle of Good is the latest initiative to join a wonderful hub of social enterprises created over the past ten years. Situated in Chilomoni Township, Malawi, the enterprises together employ 500 people who have trained and worked to create businesses that fund a vital children’s centre. The centre provides early years care and family support to around 2000 vulnerable children at any one time. It’s a quiet revolution of skills building and economic growth in a country with no welfare state: if you don’t earn, you don’t eat.
Why: Cycle of Good is helping to end poverty in one of the poorest communities in the world. Currently employing 10 Malawian tailors full time, but with ambitions to grow this to a team of 100, they earn a good wage and can support their families, without any charity donations or handouts.