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Our first community event! 😁

Today was my very first vending event! So exciting! Selling online is warm and cozy but going out to the community and introducing our worthy work to neighbors and other entrepreneurs is interesting and exciting.

It was Thursday, the event was previously meant to be last weekend but we got rained out. It seemed warm and nice out but quickly got very cold! Thank God we have our Maasai scarves, they kept me warm.

There wasn’t enough human traffic (It was very cold and a week day) but I made $20. Yay!

I learnt a lot today, great way to dive into vending. Will definitely file this day as part of the growth process and try again next weekend!

Thanks to the people at Texas Street Grill in Lakeway, TX for hosting the event and Lakeway Market days for organizing it.

See y’all next weekend at the Family Beer Company in Dripping Springs!

Any advice for this newbie? Comment below, send a DM on Facebook or Instagram.

As always,

Anne Drane.

Stay warm.

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Wangari Maathai. An inspiration for environmentalists everywhere!

Wangari Maathai was not only an amazing woman who fought tooth and nail to protect the environment. She was also a woman that inspired cultural and tribal women to aspire to more than what our male dominated culture offers us. She searched for a higher education, a higher purpose and a world outside of our own. She fought corruption and powerful men to protect the forests and the nature that depended on it. She believed in herself even when everyone else didn’t. She inspires the young ladies to know their self worth and fight for their place in this world.

We honor her, her achievements and her memory as the first in our Gladiatrix series. She was a bold, brave and strong woman.

She inspires young women and men all over the world that love nature and the environment and are willing to make great sacrifices to protect it.

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The kiondo

Coming soon to our collection is the hand woven sisal bag called the Kiondo. It was traditionally used by the women in Kenya to go to the market. Today, they have become a luxury and fashion item. Handmade from organic sisal fiber, they are eco friendly, biodegradable, humane, ethical and most of all, helps the women that craft them make a sustainable living. They are also high quality, beautiful and made to last a lifetime. The name kiondo which is from the Kikuyu tribe and the design were stolen and patented by the japanese after a visit to Kenya.

@sawasawausa working with Zafarani Afrika goes to the villages and works with the women to design a kiondo that is a perfect size and design for the modern woman. They are lined with cotton material on the inside and decorated with beads. Some have a zipper or fastened with clasps. However you like them, we can make them. I like the kiondo completely simple like they made them a thousand years ago with the sense of authenticity and originality intact 🙂

They are also great items for interior decor and organising.

Here are some pictures from Kenya. Let us know how you like your kiondo on www.facebook.com/sawasawausa

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Our business aims to support more fair trade businesses and artisans in Kenya. 💞👜

In the spirit of protecting our environment, ditch the plastic paper bags and adopt the kiondo!

The pictures were taken in the Kenyan markets displayed by the artisans who craft them.

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From the streets of Nairobi Maasai Market

We go a long way to ensure that our items are fair trade and have been ethically sourced. We value and greatly respect the craft and the beauty it creates. Kenyan handmade fashion items have been a global inspiration. We went to the streets of Nairobi Maasai Market to see what was out there and find an inspiration for the next @sawasawausa collection.

Here are some pictures. Thanks to my partner Kate founder of fb.me/zafaraniafrikabykatesaich 💞

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Our new Kikoy Collection

Our Kenyan Kikoy Collection. Also known as Sarong, Shuka, or blanket is made from an acrylic fiber. Every woman has one. Typically tied around the waist during traditional ceremonies. It’s perfect for a beach towel this summer as it is light weight, absorbent and fast drying. It is also surprisingly warm.

It is ethically sourced in a fair trade market through our partnership with Zafarani Africa.

Available for both retail and wholesale.

Send me a message with any questions. Planning a safari, get one of these kikoys and ask me all the questions you want to.

As always follow us on instagram and like our facebook @sawasawausa

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#6kforwater

One of the pillars of the partnership between @sawasawausa and @zafaraniafricabykatesaich is being part of something that is bigger than ourselves. Kate and I believe that our purpose is to invest our skills and efforts in people who in turn pay it forward and make the world a better place than we found it. Our women empowerment programs help women make a living and support their loved ones. That’s why this Mother’s Day we join World Vision in #6kforwater to make every day a little easier for African women.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is around the corner! There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my mom. She is a brilliant, strong, bold, achieved woman. She is the reason I am the woman I am today! And for that, mom, I thank you.

Remember to do something special just for her this Mother’s Day!

@sawasawausa celebrates moms!

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Boho style designs with white Maasai beads.

All about the white beads! They hold a great significance in the African cultures and the west cultures. They are absolutely gorgeous and would be perfect with an elegant, classy outfit

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Sold Out!

Yay! Our Tear Drop Beaded Earrings sold out on the first week! There has been great demand on facebook and Istagram! We are ecstatic. We have a new shipment coming soon.

Thank you for the support! Much appreciated.

Asante sane

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Just Joined Instagram!

Better late than never! After litsening to everyone tell me how much I’m missing out and thinking of the audience for @sawasawausa I’m shutting out. I have – with great reluctance- my people say “shingo upande” joined intagram. I am of course very confused with all the features but I’ll figure it out. Follow me @sawasawausa