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Saving the World can be as easy as Buying a Shopping Bag

By Robin Crow Subscribe to RSS | April 13th 2012 | Views:

Rising rates of inflation, economic crisis, depleting natural resources, energy dilemmas, increasing poverty, health issues; all these and many more problems have emerged in our world that are a global discourse now. International institutions, government and non-government organizations are all doing whatever is possible to overcome these global issues and find the best solutions. The Global Bag Project is one such effort that calls for global support to tackle some of these problems in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Global Bag Project is a social enterprise. It’s a division of Mainstay Ministries, a non-for-profit organization, and has onboard several sponsors like the Ignite Excellence Foundation. The project aims to eliminate two very important global problems: poverty in Africa and environmental depletion. This project has employed the poor women of Africa and taught them how to sow and stitch. With these enriched sowing skills these women have stitched bags made from kanga cloth of different printed designs that are then sold in the global market the revenues of witch go directly to these women. These reusable shopping bags are also tackling the problems of unrecyclable products such as plastic bags which are causing harm to the natural environment. An astounding number of 46,000 plastic shopping bags can be found afloat every square kilometer of the oceans in the world causing a death toll of a million marine animals and sea birds. Because the Global Bag Project uses cloth it becomes and eco-friendly product to use.

The money from the project goes to the families of these poor women most of who are widows or have HIV/AIDS and they reside in one of the largest slums in Africa. Through the Global Bag Project these women have been able to provide sustenance for their children and improve their lives. The project does not only give them income but also helps raise their self esteem. The Kenya project manager Mary Thamari Ogalo says that when these women started work they would not even look her in the eye and did their tasks as they were told quietly. Now after working for so long they have found confidence in themselves and she sees growth in these women.

The Global Bag Project website is where one can purchase these unique bags. The uniqueness comes from the fabric which is not mass produced so there is a limited supply of certain prints. These global bags are also unique because “Every bag has a story” as their tagline says. This story is literally the story of the producers of these bags, the women, which is provided in a DVD inside each bag along with purchase.

So doing your part to help save the planet and its people can be as easy as purchasing these reusable shopping bags from the Global Bag Project. Purchase of one bag could help feed these poor families and halt the damage plastic bags are doing to the environment. The Global Bag Project team needs our support and there are several ways we can contribute by interacting with the team through the opportunities listed on their website.

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