Shanga

Raising awareness of worldwide poverty and inequality by encouraging New Zealanders to be more socially conscious consumers.

20% of our profits go towards the charity SoTheyCan, www.sotheycan.org, empowering children in Africa through education.

Shanga

Raising awareness of worldwide poverty and inequality by encouraging New Zealanders to be more socially conscious consumers.

20% of our profits go towards the charity SoTheyCan, www.sotheycan.org, empowering children in Africa through education.

When buying is giving.

A social young enterprise group from Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka. When buying becomes giving.

Shanga offers stylish and unique handmade products while giving back to the developing communities in Kenya. 

Buying Shanga's products means that the buyers receive an awesome product, they educate children in Africa to break their cycle of poverty, they provide women with a job.

Our company name ‘Shanga’, translates to ‘beads’ in Swahili which is the official language of Kenya where the charity ‘So They Can’ is located. We aim to provide products that are useful for a variety of people while being socially sustainable and supporting the charity, So They Can, along with the women in Kenya. We have decided to donate 20% of our profit to the Kenyan charity due to both our values and visions aligning with each other. Their vision is to change the future for children living in poverty through education. Our group is very inspired by all that So They Can have done for the developing communities in Kenya and South Africa.

We are employing the women in Kenya meaning that they are receiving an income that increases the social sustainability of Shanga. We want to enable children in Africa to have an education just like we do. We sell ethically sourced beaded lanyards and glasses chains. Not only are we providing useful products but we are using Shanga to spread awareness.

Our Shanga products include the ‘Shanga Chain’ which is a beaded chain that hooks onto each temple tip of a pair of glasses and a ‘Shanga Lanyard’ which is a beaded lanyard to provide support with keys or nametags. This allows people to have their glasses and keys without the worry of losing them. Shanga Chains come in seven different designs. Having a range of designs available is not the only benefit of purchasing from Shanga but you can purchase knowing you are empowering the children in Africa and proivding women with a job.