John, a male group member, says with the money
he gets from Africa Bags, Inc. he is now running a grocery shop and food is secure. John stated “I now own a small
grocery shop I started last year after getting the profits from Africa Bags sales. With the income I received from the sale
of the bags I bought subsidised fertiliser and maize seeds. Right now I have both food and income at home.”
The group was having a difficult
time finding a large enough place for the production of Africa Bags. It was decided that they would move the group outside
of the main town and build a sewing center. Kamweko Village, Viweme Village and the Chibanzi group are all contributing
to the construction of the sewing center in Chintheche. We hope the center will be finished in early 2010.
Chintheche is currently the
only group trained in the production of the Africa Bags Shoulder Back Pack. This bag is currently one of the most difficult
bags to produce within the project.