An authentic African crossbody sling bag crafted out of 100% cotton African textiles from Swaziland. This sling bag features excellent craftsmanship, top quality stitching, cotton lining, a front guava wood button, interior pockets and exterior pockets. The bag measures 12.5 inches (height) x 15.5 inches (width) x 2 inches (depth). It has a 4 inch wide strap and a 22 inch strap drop. The exterior pocket measures 8.5 inches (height) x 7 inches (width) and the interior pocket measures 8 inches (height) x 7 inches (width). This quality sling bag is perfect for anyone that is a fan of African fashion. There may be slight and subtle variations in pattern,size and color due each item being hand made.
Each purchase helps to support the Timbali Women. More than 2500 orphans and vulnerable children are fed each day by the Timbali women via community based feeding centers called CarePoints. The products they craft on hand crank sewing machines helps support over 100+ Swazi families.
The women who create Timbali Crafts are all volunteer cooks at community based feeding centers, called Care Points*, throughout Swaziland, Africa. In spite of their own hardships, the Timbali women help to feed more than 2500 children each day. Timbali started in 2006 to reach out to the physical and spiritual needs of these hard-working women. It was evident that something more needed to be done so that these ladies, who were serving their communities in such a vital way, could also provide for their own families. What we first thought would just provide a little income here and there for a few women, has become a major source of income and outreach to 100+ Swazi families! In a country where 2/3 of the population lives on less a dollar a day, what the Timbali women earn per bag is equal to a full day's wage for many jobs in Swaziland. Timbali Crafts helps the women to purchase their own sewing machines through no interest loans with minimal monthly payments. The women are also given the opportunity to participate in a matching savings program, to help with school fees for their children and other big expenses such as home repairs. Timbali reaches out in emergency situations with food baskets for families who have lost a loved one, or have a special need, and we also help to provide medical care when possible/needed. Timbali means ‘flowers’ in the Swazi language, Siswatti.