Empowered Zambian Artisan Sews to Provide for Children

Esnart Phiri rises above difficult circumstances to provide for herself and her six children. As a self-taught seamstress, she sews gift bags for the fair trade cooperative, Mulberry Mongoose, which is located in the South Luangwa Valley in Zambia. Jewelry by Mulberry Mongoose is packaged in Esnart’s elegant bags.

Esnart was given a sewing machine 10 years ago and taught herself to use it by watching a local tailor. She now runs her own small business and also works as a housekeeper. By working with Mulberry Mongoose, she has been able to both purchase a better sewing machine and pay for her children’s education. Fair trade entrepreneurship has transformed her life.

Today the jewelry of Mulbery Mongoose is sold on JesusEconomy.org, in partnership with Dsenyo, LLC. Together, our three companies are making fair trade products that empower women available to the world.

Mulberry Mongoose and Dsenyo promote fair trade jobs

Mulberry Mongoose is an artisan initiative in the South Luangwa Valley. Located in a remote area, Mulberry Mongoose artisans design and craft jewelry inspired by the African bush. They use locally and ethically sourced materials such as tagua, semi-precious stones, wooden debris, and collected snare wires.

Mulberry Mongoose is committed to giving back to the community and supporting conservation efforts. To fight poaching, the women in the Mulberry Mongoose cooperative created the recycled snare wire collection. From snares used in animal traps have come beautiful products. For every piece of snare wire jewelry sold, a $5 donation is made to nonprofits focused on wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts.

The local artisans at Mulberry Mongoose work with Dsenyo, a Jesus’ Economy partner. Together, we’re empowering female artisans from Africa and Latin America. Dsenyo works alongside artisans to improve situations for impoverished people, promote a holistic economy, respect cultural traditions, and build global relationships.

Dsenyo is also committed to limiting negative environmental impact, and uses sustainable dyes and fibers, such as buriti palm, jute, and organic cotton whenever possible. They compost organic scraps and repurpose textile remnants.

Featured Fair Trade Products by Mulberry Mongoose

The Kitana Necklace in Daybreak from Zambia

This beautiful necklace is the sum of many unique parts. The Kitana necklace is made from locally-sourced abalone and freshwater pearls. Its driftwood beads come from the banks of the South Luangwa, where heavy African rains twist and turn the landscape, bringing trees down from the banks. The crushing power of the water creates the beautiful forms of our driftwood pieces. Enjoy a piece of art from the ingenuity and creativity of the African bush. Pick up your Kitana necklace today.  

Earrings from Zambia: Tagua Leaf

The name Malaika is a strong girl’s name from Zambia meaning angel. The Malaika collection of jewelry is inspired by thoughts of angels. The tribal inspiration and strong natural elements featured in this collection are completed by using sustainable materials from the African bush. Stand out while supporting fair trade jewelry made in Zambia.


Jewelry that Fights Poaching

The Zimba Snare Wire jewelry collection makes a statement against poaching. Each item in the collection turns wire from poaching traps into jewelry. Help reshape the world by buying from this collection. For every piece of snare wire jewelry sold, a $5 donation is made to nonprofits focused on wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts. Support conservation with an incredible conversation piece from the Snare Wire jewelry collection.

Necklaces from Zambia: Snare Wire Long

See the entire collection of jewelry that fights poaching.


See more handmade products by Mulberry Mongoose in the JesusEconomy.org Fair Trade Shop.

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Charlotte Van Werven
Charlotte Van Werven


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