Handmade jewelry with a powerful story.
Dsenyo fair trade jewelry is handmade by independent cooperatives including over 70+ women and artisans in Malawi. Each product has a story. A story of peace, culture, color, love and empowerment.
Unique, handmade accessories including hair clips, cotton belts, cloth headbands, earrings, cosmetic bags and more. Purchase fair trade accessories to empower women in Malawi, Africa!
Fair trade baskets and coasters handwoven by artisans at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. Artisans are members of women's craft group from Rwanda and Barundi.
Dsenyo offers a wide variety of unique, handcrafted gift items made by women and artisans in Malawi, Africa. From handbags and accessories to home decor and stuffed animals you are sure to find something you love!
This is a team of two young, industrious business women in Mzuzu, Malawi. The group is led by Agness Chiona who completed her training at the M.I.R.A.C.L.E. Technical College in Karonga, Malawi. This program trains orphans in sewing and then gives them a treadle machine upon graduation so they can start their own business. Agness, who operates Changu Ndi Luso Tailoring Shop ("Fast & Experienced"), teams up with Diana Shonga of D Tailoring Shop to work on Dsenyo orders.
Chifundo Artisans Network is a village art studio in Balaka, Malawi employing 40 local artisans. This is a project designed to bring employment into the community and encourage teamwork, creative thinking and gender equality. Chifundo Artisans Network is part of the "St. Montfort Projects" overseen by the Catholic Montfort Fathers living in Balaka. They helped get their start from an American volunteer who fell in love with Balaka and it's people. Chifundo has come a long way and is now under Malawian management!
Show a college student that you care! This generation is increasing interested in socially conscious products. Find a great selection of gifts by Dsenyo here. A perfect way to make their day!
Looking for a gift that says I Love you and more? You are thoughtful and can show it to your loved one with meaningful anniversary gifts from Dsenyo. We partner with women and artisans in Malawi and Brazil to craft fair trade gift items. Find the creative present you are looking for here!
Purchase fair trade to empower women in Africa and Latin America!
Looking for a gift that says I Love you and more? You are thoughtful and can show it to your loved one with creative Valentine's gifts from Dsenyo. We partner with women and artisans in Malawi, Zambia and Brazil to craft fair trade gift items. Find the creative present you are looking for here! Purchase fair trade to empower women in Africa and Latin America!
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This Earth Day we want to highlight our collection of up-cycled and recycled gifts that put the environment and social change at the forefront of our work.
From up-cycling denim jeans into trim for change purses, recycling materials into interior boards for our clutches and confiscating snare wire from traps turning it into beautiful jewelry, each item in this collection holds a unique repurpose with materials. We also use natural fibers like the buriti palm from Brazil with our clutches.
You can help people and the planet by purchasing these eco-friendly products hand crafted by women in Africa and Brazil.
Dsenyo brings you a range of eco chic products that will brighten anybody's day! We use natural fibers like the buriti palm from brazil, repurposed materials like African textile remnants, upcycled jeans and food ration bags from the refugee camps in Malawi. You can help people and planet by purchasing these eco-friendly products hand crafted by women in Africa and Brazil.
The Ekwendeni Youth AIDS Center is run by the Central Church of Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in Ekwendeni, Northern Malawi. The center provides activities and HIV/AIDS eduction for local youth. Some of the clubs include drama, music, paper making, games, and life skills. The center leads HIV/AIDS stigma reduction campaigns in an effort to raise a better understanding of the disease, and builds teams of youth that provide home-based care for community members sick or dying of AIDS.
Kids can be part of the Fair Trade movement too! Handmade hairclips, fair trade toys, lunch bags, change purses and more.
Looking for unique, handcrafted fair trade clothing? Dsenyo offers select african apparel items including: wrap skirts, pajama pants, lounge pants, aprons and belts.
Purchase Fair Trade African attire to empower women in Malawi.
Unique handmade bags for kids by Dsenyo! Colorful handcrafted fabric bags made in Malawi. Purchase Fair Trade to empower women in Africa.
Looking great and feeling good does not have to come at the expense of others – particularly those brands that exploit sweatshops and use toxic materials in their products. Purchasing fair trade clothing is the way to go when ensuring that your clothes are made without causing harm to workers and the planet.
Dsenyo founder and artist Marissa Perry Saints lived in Malawi and saw firsthand the struggles of the community. She founded the company in an effort to bridge the gap between available local talent and lack of opportunities, and offered countless avenues for hardworking African women to turn skills such as sewing into a livelihood. Today, Dsenyo collaborates with many producer partners in Malawi, Africa, and Northeastern Brazil to empower artisans and their communities.
As members and advocates of the Fair Trade Federation, we at Dsenyo ensure that our items are as environment-friendly as possible. We make every effort to utilize materials that will have minimal impact to the environment and have harnessed sustainable fibers such as jute, buriti palm, and organic cotton. We also use low-impact dyes for a splash of lively color.
Aside from this emphasis on high quality, natural materials, our African clothing collection and fair trade clothes are also handcrafted and made by our producer partners with knowledge of the local culture. Following the international standards set by the Fair Trade Federation, we offer fair wages and respect the culture of our partners, as evidenced in our beautiful and vibrant locally-inspired designs. For their part, our producer partners have workshops in which they train local artisans (often women) to strengthen the skills they need to pursue a brighter future. In fact, many of those working with our producer partners are able to open their own businesses and send their children to college – a feat once considered as impossible in their marginalized sector.
Browse through our site and join us in our crusade to eradicate poverty in various communities. Our apparel line offers a variety of designs across different categories including skirts, pajama pants, bangles, aprons, and hair accessories. We also have toys, African handbags, cloth purses, and gift items, among many others.
With Dsenyo, you will be able to find beautiful and chic locally-crafted products made from eco-friendly materials. With every purchase, you will be helping us empower women and local artisans by providing them with the means to secure a brighter future.
Unique, handcrafted fair trade clothing and accessories... your purchase looks great and empowers women in Africa!
Dsenyo offers select african apparel items including: wrap skirts, pajama pants, lounge pants, aprons and belts.
We also have handmade accessories including hair clips, cotton belts, cloth headbands, earrings, cosmetic bags and more.
Our handmade aprons and unique pajama pants feature African fabric and textile design. Our beautiful African earrings are made by refugees in Malawi out of thread from food ration sacks. Our flower hair clips from Brazil and Malawi are best sellers.
Unique, handcrafted fair trade clothing and accessories... your purchase looks great and empowers women in Africa and Latin America!
Our products are handcrafted by independent cooperatives of women, artisans, HIV positive living groups, and refugees in Malawi, Africa.
Each product has a story. A story of peace, culture, color, love and empowerment.
Learn more about Dsenyo Fair Trade Gifts.
Dsenyo is a social enterprise empowering women and artisans in Malawi. Our fair trade products are the perfect gift for the socially conscious student in your life. We have meaningful gifts for grads and handmade items for college care packages.
From flower hair clips to elastic stretch headbands, Dsenyo is your source for fair trade hair accessories. We work with women and artisans in Malawi, Africa and Northeastern, Brazil. You will find a fun, colorful selection of great gifts and treats for yourself right here!
Dsenyo is an ethical fashion company that specializes in fair trade handbags. Artist Marissa Perry Saints founded the company to create opportunities for talented artisans who are living in marginalized communities with little to no means to escape poverty. Through the help of Dsenyo, these women are given the chance to lead better lives. Today, we have producer partners located in Malawi, Brazil, and Zambia. We are an active member and advocate of the Fair Trade Federation, an organization that places emphasis on creating jobs and opportunities for hardworking artists in marginalized communities. To be a member, companies have to commit to an internationally established set of core values that include paying fair wages, uplifting cultural traditions, and safeguarding the environment, among others.What you can do to help
We at Dsenyo are committed to upholding and adhering to these standards. In fact, every purchase of our colorful and vibrant selection of fabric purses, wristlets, change purses, and clutches empowers women in Africa and Latin America. In this regard, one of our producers affiliated with the Vipambi Women’s Group once said that she had accomplished a lot in three months and had used her earnings as capital for her own business. Today, some of those who are working at Vipambi Women's Group have their own tailoring businesses and are sending their children to secondary school and even university. This is the start of a better life for them.
Our African handbags are made in Malawi and feature African textile designs. These bags are crafted with lightweight, high quality and eco-friendly materials and are available in vibrant colors and designs. Our products came from partner producers that house workshops that educate women in the art of sewing and of business ventures, ensuring that they will be better equipped for the future.
Meanwhile, our raffia clutch purses are hand-woven in Brazil. These clutches are perfect for formal and informal evening outings as they are stylish and functional, and crafted with materials that have minimal environmental impact. One of our partner producers for this is Segue o Soco, a group of artisans in northeastern Brazil who've leveraged their local skills and talents to conquer social and environmental challenges in their area. By making these beautiful clutches, these Brazilian women are weaving a better tomorrow and society, one that is no longer mired in poverty.
When you purchase items from Dsenyo, you too will be joining this global movement towards alleviating poverty in marginalized communities.
Bright and colorful fair trade holiday home decor and decorations. African ornaments, Flower Ornaments, Handmade Holiday Cards. Everything is handmade in Malawi and Brazil.
Segue o Seco (Brazil) is a cooperative of artisans in northeastern Brazil, and we are excited to be the first company to bring their crafts to the international market. Segue o Seco seeks to utilize local artisan talents and skills to turn social and environmental challenges into economic opportunities for women. Sustainability is central to their mission, and they use materials and processes that have minimal environmental impact – purses, clutches and flowers are made with sustainably-harvested Buriti palm fiber that are hand-dyed and then woven or crocheted.
Dsenyo products are handcrafted by independent cooperatives of women, artisans, HIV+ support groups, and refugees in Malawi, Africa. We offer a great selection of eco friendly, fair trade gifts. You are sure to find something for the folks on your list!
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Handcrafted African Cards! Shop here for unique, creative greeting cards handmade by artisan cooperatives. Dsenyo designs African stationary and works in partnership with the Ekewendeni AIDS Resource Center to craft our handmade cards.
Purchase Fair Trade to empower women and artisans in Malawi, Africa.
Dsenyo's unique house warming gifts are colorful, fun, hip and sure to stand out. Don't just give a gift card... give a unique gift which helps provide employment for over 70 women and artisans in Malawi Africa!
Dsenyo's line of burlap table linens feature unique African wax print textiles. These eco friendly dining room and kitchen decor ideas include: cloth napkins, handmade pot holder, burlap table runners, and contemporary placemats.
Purchase Fair Trade to empower women in Malawi Africa!
Unique gifts for babies and kids available online from Dsenyo! Get colorful handcrafted toys, bags, accessories, clothes and more made in Malawi. Our meaningful gifts for kids help make them part of the fair trade movement.
Purchase Fair Trade gifts for kids to empower women and artisans in Malawi, Zambia and Brazil.
The KCC Slum Project works to empower slum dwelling children by walking with them to the point where they are self-reliant. KCC Slum Project was launched in September 2009 by a group of five international volunteers who were placed in Naivasha, in partnership with a local non-profit from Nairobi, Fadhili Community.
Dsenyo works to create sustainable livelihoods for women and artisans in Malawi, Central Africa. We offer handbags, accessories and home decor itmes that celebrate the art of African textile design. By placing an order here, you are helping fund the KCC Slum Project in Kenya and you are supporting Dsenyo's Malawian producers.
This is a group of 13 women in Chifira village lead by Beatrice Zindondo. Luso la Manja translates to "the craft of our hands" in their language Chitonga. The group includes women from the community who have the highest level of need and/or are caring for orphans and vulnerable children. Luso la Manja has been sewing bags for over six years now and got their start with the help of a peace corps volunteer. Several other volunteers have offered support to the group over the years.
May 20th is World Refugee Day. Did you know that Dsenyo works with over 35 women refugees from Rwanda and Burundi? They are part of the Umoja Women's Craft Group at Dzaleka Refugee camp in Malawi. Help support them and see some of their lovely creations here!
(photo by Emilie Reynaud)
Start your holiday shopping early while helping a small village in Senegal purchase 200 desks for their new secondary school. Marion Taylor is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Senegal. She is passionate about empowering people in Africa and helping give them the tools to create a better future for the next
generation. Over the years, Marion has remained in contact with her village, returning to visit on a couple occasions with her husband and daughter. Now, Marion is raising money to build 200 desks for the village school. Local carpenters will be hired to build the desks!
Photos: (right) Marion with host mom on a recent visit in Senegal, (upper left) current secondary school, (lower left) future desks for secondary school!
Dsenyo works to create sustainable livelihoods for women and artisans
in Malawi, Central Africa. We offer handbags and accessories that
celebrate the art of African textile design. By placing an order here,
you are making a donation to build desks for the school in Senegal and you are supporting the producers that Dsenyo works with
in Malawi. Order anything from our shop and Dsenyo will donate 30% to the Senegal project.
Mayamiko is the Chichewa word for praise. Mayamiko is a UK-based charity working to help people lift themselves out of poverty and end injustice through skills training, education, nutrition, sanitation and promoting fairer trade practices. Mayamiko provides training in sewing and tailoring to local women, who are affected by the HIV pandemic or are carers of HIV orphans.
Mayamiko is the Chichewa word for praise. Mayamiko is working to help people lift themselves out of poverty and end injustice. We watch, we listen, we learn, we act. Through skills training, education, nutrition, sanitation and fairer trade practices. Mayamiko works to support creative talents and turn them into sustainable activities. Mayamiko loves everyone, but has a special soft spot for the most vulnerable - women and children.
Dsenyo works to create sustainable livelihoods for women and artisans in Malawi, Southern Africa. We offer handbags and accessories that celebrate the art of African textile design. By placing an order here, you are helping Mayamiko fund their projects in Malawi and you are supporting Dsenyo's Malawian producers.
Dsenyo meaningful bridal shower and bridesmaid gifts are handcrafted by independent cooperatives of women, artisans, HIV positive living groups, and refugees in Malawi and Brazil. Find a beautiful bridal gifts which empower women in Africa and Latin America!
Our products are handcrafted by independent cooperatives of women and artisans in Malawi and in Brazil.
Each product has a story. A story of peace, culture, color, love and empowerment.
Learn more about Dsenyo Fair Trade Gifts.
Mothers matter everywhere. That's why Dsenyo offers the perfect selection of Mother's Day gifts. You can give a meaningful gift that she will LOVE, while also helping moms in African and Brazil.
Dsenyo's line of unique, handcrafted gifts include many affordable options under $25. Our handbags, accessories, home decor and other gift items are made by women's cooperatives in Malawi and Brazil. We follow fair trade principles and feature African textile designs and other traditional artisan techniques from Latin America.
Dsenyo's line of unique, handcrafted gifts include many affordable options under $40. Our handbags, accessories, home decor and other gift items are made by women's cooperatives in Malawi and Brazil. We follow fair trade principles and feature African textile designs and other traditional artisan techniques from Latin America.
Dsenyo's line of unique, handcrafted gifts include many affordable options under $75. Our handbags, accessories, home decor and other gift items are made by women's cooperatives in Malawi and Brazil. We follow fair trade principles and feature African textile designs and other traditional artisan techniques from Latin America.
Fair trade wedding gifts show your love with their story. All gifts are handcrafted by independent cooperatives in Africa and Latin America. Your purchase empowers women and artisans in Malawi and Brazil.
In 2009, Dsenyo started working with women loan recipients who graduated from MicroLoan's Sewing School. Today we are working with more than 20 MLF women. By partnering our efforts, Dsenyo and MicroLoan are helping women learn marketable skills, gain access to viable markets, and develop sustainable businesses which support their families and dependents. Through this partnership, the women are more able to feed and clothe their children, pay school fees and access medical care. Our shared vision of relieving poverty will be achieved with your support! Please start shopping at Dsenyo today.
About Dsenyo: Dsenyo works to create sustainable livelihoods for women and artisans in Malawi, Central Africa. We offer handbags, accessories and home decor itmes that celebrate the art of African textile design. By placing an order here, you are helping fund the Microlaon Foundation and you are supporting Dsenyo's Malawian producers.
MicroVentures was born out of the MicroLoan Foundation, a charity based in the UK, very active in the field of microcredit lending to the poorest of the poor in Malawi. The mission of MicroVentures is to train women in business and other skills enabling them to be more successful business women after receiving small loans. Dsenyo has teamed up with MicroVentures and works with two groups of their graduates who completed the sewing training certificate and now own their own businesses. One group is based in Kasungu near the MicroLoan Foundation Malawi offices and the other group operates out of Mzuzu.
Mwayiwathu formed out of the HIV-positive Living Group with Village to Village, a local community based organization. Mawyiwathu means "blessings" in the local language Chiyao. The 15 members of this group are primarily AIDS widows who are living with the virus themselves. They chose this name for their group because they see the work promised to them by Dsenyo as a blessing and a solution to some of the challenges they face. The women in the group use their wages to pay for transport to the hospital to get their ARVs, buy food, and purchase fertilizer for growing crops.
Dsenyo creates opportunity for women and artisans in Malawi, Africa. We offer handbags and accessories celebrating African textile design. Our philosophy is that people need a "hand-up" to take their first steps out of poverty not a free hand-out. By helping women establish their own businesses and teaching them how to access export markets, women and artisans in Malawi are benefiting from working with Dsenyo.
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At Dsenyo we work hard to bring you fresh, new designs all the time. We partner with over 120 women and artisans in Malawi, Zambia and Brazil. Enjoy these fabulous new fair trade gifts, apparel, handbags and home decor crafted by our expert artisan partners.
Your purchase makes a real difference in their lives and helps them work their way out of poverty. Thank you for being part of the Dsenyo story!
East/Central Africa is blessed with beautiful natural hard woods like teak, ebony and mahogany. Woodcarving is the primary art form in Malawi passed down from generation to generation through male artisans. There is a small group of woodcarvers near Nkhata Bay that Dsenyo commissions to craft custom, hand-carved belt buckles and buttons. The group is lead by Andrew Phiri who has been carving for over 25 years and studied with his uncle since he was a young boy to learn the family tradition.
The Nyaka AIDS Foundation works to provide a high-quality, free education, to children who have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. Their programs work to free these children from the cycle of poverty. Nyaka's vision is for the rural communities of Uganda to build strong community and family structures using holistic and sustainable approaches that address
challenges they face due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Dsenyo works to create sustainable livelihoods for women and artisans in Malawi, Central Africa. We offer handbags and accessories that celebrate the art of African textile design. By placing an order here, you are helping fund the Nyaka AIDS Foundation projects in Uganda and you are supporting Dsenyo's Malawian producers.
#1 - Education for Girls in Malawi
Help us send 5 of our producer's daughters to high school! Education
for girls is extremely important in developing countries like
Malawi. When money is tight families often choose to send boys over girls to school. Studies have shown that girls'
education has numerous quality of life benefits such as: "the reduction
of child and maternal mortality, improvement of child nutrition and
health, lower fertility rates, enhancement of women’s domestic role
and their political participation, improvement of the economic
productivity and growth, and protection of girls from HIV/AIDS, abuse
and exploitation (World Bank)." Funding girls' education is one of
the best uses of aid money in terms of return on investment in social well-being.
Help us send 5 of our producer's daughters to high school! Education for girls is extremely important in developing countries like Malawi. When money is tight families often choose to send boys over girls to school. Studies have shown that girls' education has numerous quality of life benefits such as: "the reduction of child and maternal mortality, improvement of child nutrition and health, lower fertility rates, enhancement of women’s domestic role and their political participation, improvement of the economic productivity and growth, and protection of girls from HIV/AIDS, abuse and exploitation (World Bank)." Funding girls' education is one of the best uses of aid money in terms of return on investment in social well-being.
Help Dsenyo bring two of our producers to the USA for two weeks of professional development training. Why is this important? One of the keys to success for our producers in Africa is to gain an in-depth understanding of their customers and the market here in the USA. Most of our producers haven't traveled far outside their villages, much less to another country. It's hard for them to know what's in style and what "quality" means to Western consumers. By bringing Tamara Banda and Elizabeth Chikoya to the USA, they will have the opportunity to study and learn first hand. While here, they will visit stores, interacting with customers, attend the Santa Fe International Folk Arts Festival and give presentations. Upon return to Malawi, Tamara and Elizabeth will conduct workshops with each of our producer groups and share the knowledge they have gained further empowering each producer working with Dsenyo.
The other 50% goes to paying a fair wage to our producers for the labor they put into crafting the item, it also pays for materials, training, shipping and other business operating expenses.
The Zimba collection is made using snare wire collected during anti-poaching patrols in the South Luangwa of Zambia and beautifully repurposed into contemporary African jewelry. With every piece of snare wire jewelry sold a $5 donation is made to help fund the essential work of anti-poaching patrols. So far, our artisan partners crafting snare wire jewelry have already raised more than $40,000 to support anti-poaching efforts in their community. Learn more here: http://www.dsenyo.com/pages/snare-wire-jewelry-donations
2014 Design for Change Design Competition Winner: Hayley Stewart
Design has been modified and was inspired by Stewart's winning design.
Take 30% off these select items. Good through July 5 using this discount code at check-out: SummerFun
Yay! We are so excited to kick of summer. Dsenyo has a lovely collection of summer fun. So go ahead...add some color to your wardrobe and find gifts for those summer birthdays. Check out these beach totes, summer skirts, and awesome clutches. Most important...have fun this summer and be adventurous!
We are having our first annual Summer Sale. This is your chance to save and get all of those lovely Dsenyo creations you have been wanting! For THREE days only, save 40% off everything on this page. Use code SUMMERSALE at checkout.
Sale ends Sun, July 28th.
Summer favorites! Wrap skirt + Twist Snare Wire Jewelry make for the perfect fair trade ensemble. Purchase of snare wire jewelry contributes to efforts to conserve African wildlife.
See more jewelry to pair with the skirt by clicking here.
Dsenyo meaningful baby shower gifts are handcrafted by independent cooperatives of women, artisans, HIV positive living groups, and refugees in Malawi, Africa. We also feature Flower hairclips madeby cooperatives in Brazil. Find a beautiful baby shower gift which empowers women in Africa and Latin America!
Based on the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and established in 1991, Tribal Textiles has a team of over 150 staff. They produce unique hand-painted traditional and contemporary fabrics. The objective of Tribal Textiles is to promote fair trade practices, generate local employment and develop creative skills. They actively support and fund-raise for the local community school, Malimba, educating over 160 children.
Umoja Crafts (Malawi) means “union of women” in Swahili and is a social enterprise by women at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi. The group is mainly composed of over 50 Rwandan and Burundian refugees who are working to support their families amidst the challenging living conditions of the refugee camp. These entrepreneurial women appreciate the income and camaraderie fostered by Umoja, and are eager to learn new designs and business skills. They have adapted and continued traditional basket weaving techniques from their homelands to make a range of products. Sustainable materials are used for woven craftwork, including up-cycled food ration bags and sustainable sisal fiber.
photo: Emilie Reynaud)
Searching for a creative birthday gift? Dsenyo Fair Trade gifts make the perfect unique gift! Every product has a story. Fair Trade purchases empower women and artisans in Brazil and Africa.
We've never offered anything like this before. Help us make space for our new shipments arriving at the end of this month and save BIG on select items here.
Save 10-55% OFF items here. This won't last long! Order by 9/19 or while supplies last.
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Elizabeth Chikoya started the Women's Empowerment Training Center out of her home. She was moved to help her fellow Malawians that are less fortunate than her. With the support of her husband, she was giving a small piece of land near their house to build a one room office/training center. The programs offered now include tailoring, mushroom farming, textile design and more. Dsenyo works with Elizabeth and a group of women that have trained with her.