Wednesday, August 10, 2011


One of the things I love the most about writing this blog and running Bundu on a daily basis, is coming across inspiring women. Women who take chances, unlock creativity, create jobs and ultimately make the world just a little better. Marissa Perry Saints is that kind of women. After living in Malawi, she founded Dsenyo to create an opportunity for African women and artisans to earn a sustainable income.  Dsenyo is the result of taking African inspiration and combining it with Marissa's experience in fine arts, graphic design and international development. Dsenyo designs hand-crafted bags and accessories that celebrate African textile design. They work with several sewing cooperatives, including Sambah Natural in Zambia and are expanding production in Africa.

Dsenyo makes every effort to use low-impact dyes and sustainable fibres like jute, hemp and organic cotton where possible. They reduce waste by composting organic scrap material, and re-purpose textile remnants for use in other products. Their “Old for New” recycling program allows you to send back your used Dsenyo bag and receive a 10% discount on your next purchase. We will reuse, recycle and compost materials in the old purse. What a cool idea.
In addition to creating jobs, Dsenyo donates a portion of their profits to community development projects in Malawi, and they have developed partnerships with various nonprofits to help them raise money for their causes. Beautiful bags, inspirational concept. They're available at