Looking for the perfect bag that’s not only stylish and affordable but also versatile and big enough to carry your stuff without being too large? Look no further, friends, I’m here to save you from your tote troubles with a bag that will not only look good, but also do good: the Taaluma Tote.
Founded by two Virginia Tech students, Jack and Alley, Taaluma Totes are backpacks that #carryacountry. Here’s how it works:
1. Each tote is made from traditional fabric from whatever country you choose (Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Malia, Thailand, Vietnam).
2. 20% of the profits from each tote fund a microloan for a person in that tote’s country.
3. The totes are made in the USA by adults with disabilities alongside experienced seamstresses.
4. Once repaid, the loan is reinvested in that country’s traditional fabrics for the next tote!
“We really liked the idea of microloans because as one person pays it, you reinvest into that country,” explains Alley in an article on on sweetlemonmag.com. “It’s not a one-time donation. It continues. We think microloans are a really great way to give back to the country.”
My tote of choice? The Indonesia tote. It’s the perfect bag to take with me when hiking, traveling, or simply running errands around town. Check out Taaluma Totes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the movement. Which country will you carry?