Umutima [Heart] Compact Shopping Bag
Never be caught without a shopping bag again! Each compact heart bag unfolds into a full-sized shopping bag, so they're perfect for keeping in your purse, gym bag, or center console in case of last-minute shopping trips.
Each handmade bag is created by and supports the Tubahumurize Association - an organization that supports and empowers female survivors of violence and marginalization in Rwanda.
"Tubahumurize" is a Kinyarwanda word meaning "let us console and give them hope." We are honored to support this organization through these beautiful bags.
From the Tubahumurize website: "Tubahumurize Association serves survivors of violence and other socially and economically marginalized women including: genocide survivors, victims of gender-based violence, women living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses, single mothers, grandmothers and orphaned girls heading up households. Many of our organization's beneficiaries fall into several of these categories. We provide a safe, supportive, female-centered space for women, group and individual trauma counselling, life-skills coaching and gender/human rights education, healthcare education and support services, vocational training, and opportunities for sustainable income-generating activities. To date, Tubahumurize has assisted over 1000 women through our programs. We currently serve about 450 Rwandan women and, indirectly, also support about 1,050 dependent children."
Please note that the fabric options are random, and therefore we do not have a way for you to choose the fabric you would like for your bag. If you have a general color preference, feel free to include it in the order notes and we will do our best to accommodate.
Each bag is made from waxed cotton [kitenge] and plastic zippers.
When folded into the heart shape, the bags are approximately 6"x6".
When unfolded, the bags are approximately 15"x17.5" (not including handles).
End of Life
The fabric from these bags can be composted, but the zippers should be sent to landfill, or reused!
I purchased one of these bags about a year ago and absolutely love it! Not only does it fold up into a cute heart shape, but it is the perfect size unfolded and the fabrics are beautiful. I love that they're handmade and support survivors of violence in Rwanda. When prepping for Holiday gifts this year, I decided these bags would be great reusable gift bags! My purchase was delivered quickly, and the bags are beautiful! Can't wait to share them with friends and family.