How great are these brilliant handcrafted ‘SEW’ tote bags? Aside from being a fantastic design made from 100% recycled materials, they are the product of an inspiring development initiative in Arusha, Tanzania, in a project run by Melbourne law students Jessie Smith and Denis Cairney.

SEW stands for ‘Supporting + Empowering Women’. The project supports HIV+ women in Arusha, Tanzania, offering these stigmatized women much needed employment and financial independence, as well as the opportunity to learn valuable business skills. The woman are paid a fair wage and all profits are re-invested back into the project. The bags retail for $19.95 each and are available to buy only from Readings Carlton at present (more stockists to come!).

Photos from the SEW workshops in Arusha, Tanzania

SEW launches officially this Thursday at Readings in Carlton! Everyone is welcome, if you’re in the area, do pop in, lend your support to this fantastic project and learn a little more about the SEW initiative!

SEW launch event
Thursday March 25th
6.00pm for 6.30pm start

Readings Carlton
309 Lygon st, Carlton

Drinks provided