Who we are and who we work with
Our story begins in the 1950's and covers three generations of our family history in Zambia. The family business started as a small retail shop, which grew in strength over the years and helped create local jobs in the town of Ndola in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia.
For the past 30 years, the business has stayed in the family, currently led by the eldest son, Chuni Kanji Patel, who has expanding the business into manufacturing textiles and sourcing handmade products by local artisans, and in doing so, creating employment in the local community.
Today, to fill the needs of the challenging times ahead during the Coronavirus pandemic, and to continue the work of our family, we, Shaylan and Priyana Patel, the great-grandchildren of Kanji Patel who started it all, have decided to sell face masks made in Zambia by local women.
What we do and how we do it
We specialize in sourcing hand-sewn face masks made by local women in Ndola, a small town located in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. Each and every mask is made using fabric, many of which are traditional chitenge prints, that are personally chosen by our grandfather. We work closely and directly with him, and the women sewing the masks in order to produce masks to our specific designs. As each mask is individually hand-sewn, no two products are identical. The masks are therefore truly unique to our customer.