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Men's Sandals

Rhino on green canvas sandal

Hand crafted thong style sandal, made in Kenya with genuine leather with the design hand screen printed onto canvas.

£14

Elephant on blue canvas sandal

Hand crafted thong style sandal, made in Kenya with genuine leather with the design hand screen printed onto canvas.

£14

Rainbow lines on green canvas sandal

Hand crafted thong style sandal, made in Kenya with genuine leather with intricate beading sewn onto canvas.

£14

Brown/Black lines on green canvas sandal

Hand crafted thong style sandal, made in Kenya with genuine leather with intricate beading sewn onto canvas.

£14

Brown/Black lines on maroon canvas

Hand crafted thong style sandal, made in Kenya with genuine leather with intricate beading sewn onto canvas.

£14

Women's Sandals

Rainbow Circle sandal

Hand crafted thong style sandal, made in Kenya with genuine leather and finished with intricate hand beaded detailing.

£14

White Circle sandal

Hand crafted thong style sandal, made in Kenya with genuine leather and finished with intricate hand beaded detailing.

£14

Black/Silver/White Circle Sandal

Hand crafted thong style sandal, made in Kenya with genuine leather and finished with intricate hand beaded detailing.

£14

Turquoise/Blue/White Circles sandal

Hand crafted thong style sandal, made in Kenya with genuine leather and finished with intricate hand beaded detailing.

£14

Green and white flower sandal

Hand crafted thong style sandal, made in Kenya with genuine leather and finished with intricate hand beaded detailing.

£14

Tote Bags

Choose LoveTote Bag

Intricate beadwork stitched onto quality canvas and lined with screenprinted cotton in the Restart Africa logo.

£27

Love Not Hate Tote Bag

Intricate beadwork stitched onto quality canvas and lined with screenprinted cotton in the Restart Africa logo.

£27

Maasai Circle Tote Bag

Intricate beadwork stitched onto quality canvas and lined with screenprinted cotton in the Restart Africa logo.

£27

Africa Map Tote Bag

Intricate beadwork stitched onto quality canvas and lined with screenprinted cotton in the Restart Africa logo.

£27

Small Backpacks

Elephant on Navy/Orange Small Backpack

Beaded artwork on strong canvas, lined with screenprinted cotton in 'Restart Africa' logo.

£23

Elephant in multi coloured beads on Pink/Purple canvas Small Backpack

Beaded artwork on strong canvas, lined with screenprinted cotton in 'Restart Africa' logo.

£23

Africa Map in Brown beads on Navy/Chocolate canvas Small Backpack

Beaded artwork on strong canvas, lined with screenprinted cotton in 'Restart Africa' logo.

£23

Large Backpacks

Elephant on Navy/Purple canvas Large Backpack

Beaded artwork on strong canvas, lined with screenprinted cotton in 'Restart Africa' logo.

£35

Africa Map on Chocolate/Black canvas Large Backpack

Beaded artwork on strong canvas, lined with screenprinted cotton in 'Restart Africa' logo.

£35

Elephant on Green/Black canvas Large Backpack

Beaded artwork on strong canvas, lined with screenprinted cotton in 'Restart Africa' logo.

£35

Belts

Circles on Canvas Belt

Intricate hand crafted beadwork on canvas, backed with leather

£27

Elephant in multi coloured beads Belt

Intricate beaded Elephant design on canvas backed with leather

£27

Zig Zag Blue Belt

Fully hand beaded belt on canvas backed with leather.

£27

Zig Zag Turquoise Belt

Fully hand beaded belt on canvas backed with leather.

£27

Tower on beige canvas Belt

Fully hand beaded belt on canvas backed with leather.

£27

Dog collars

Pink Diamond Dog Collar

Intricate beading onto good quality Kenyan leather.

£18

Grey Diamond Dog Collar

Intricate beading onto good quality Kenyan leather.

£18

Turquoise Diamond Dog Collar

Intricate beading onto good quality Kenyan leather.

£18

Kenya Stripes Dog Collar

Intricate beading onto Kenyan leather in the colours of the Kenyan flag - Green, Red, White and Black

£18

Multi Stripe Dog Collar

Intricate beadwork on Kenyan leather in a random coloured stripe pattern.

£18

Water Bottle Carriers

Maasai Circle Water Bottle Carrier

Intricate beaded artwork on padded canvas with adjustable shoulder strap, designed to hold a 1 litre bottle.

£13

Elephants Water Bottle Carrier

Intricate beaded artwork on padded canvas with adjustable shoulder strap, designed to hold a 1 litre bottle.

£13

Coin Trays

Coin Tray

Crafted from good quality Kenyan leather, lined with velvet and hand beaded.

£10

Make up Bags

Make up Bag

Intricate beading on sturdy canvas, lined with Kanga or Kitenge fabric in assorted colours (colour of lining cannot be determined before purchase). Can be used as a make up bag or pencil case.

£6

Yoga Bags

Large White Circle on Canvas Yoga Bag

Intricate hand beaded design sewn onto canvas.

£12

Jewellery

Silver Cuff

Silver metal beads hand beaded onto leather.

£10

Silver row beaded bracelet

Silver metal beads threaded by hand using slipknots.

£4

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About


About About About
Restart Africa is a charity based in Gilgil, Kenya, that aims to rescue desperate homeless children from the streets of Kenya, where drugs, violence and prostitution are rife, to provide these children with a home, education, care and counselling, and to uplift and empower the community by providing work opportunities.

These opportunities include a briquette making operation that provides the Centre with all its fuel requirements, and generates some income through local sales; Sanata Women's Group making bags, shoes and jewellery; our own agricultural plot supplying vegetables to the Centre and the village; and an extensive herb garden that produces holistic medicinal treatments.

These all help to support the running costs and work of Restart, and aim to provide worthwhile employment for the local community.  This in turn enables people to earn money, and gain stability, security and self-respect.  Workers, some of whom are Restart Centre graduates, learn to use skills old and new, and make an independent livelihood.

The Sanata Women’s Group (SWG) was set up in 2009, with the aim of employing and empowering the women of Gilgil by utilising their fine needlework and artistic skills – probably learnt from their mothers at an early age. The new venture started with around 45 women who were recruited by word of mouth.  They were given extra training to develop their skills, and we now employ around 30 women on a regular basis in our workshop, with others now able to work from home, providing them with independence and security in a town with limited opportunities.

In collaboration with Ethical Fashion, an international UN backed organisation which connects small and often remote groups of artisans with the international fashion world, we have won several international design contracts from prestigious fashion houses all over the world, including Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Karen Walker and Sass & Bide.

Now under our own label of SWG, we are a highly efficient and respected supplier of stunning bags, both beaded and screenprinted, jewellery, sandals, belts, dog collars and accessories, all crafted using a combination of ancient skills and innovative modern techniques.  Have a look at our products and contact us if you’d like to buy any!

SWG also makes a range of strong, reusable, carrier bags in different sizes and fabrics, which can be screen-printed with any design, both in small and large quantities.

We are always looking for new markets for our products, and would love to hear from retailers who would be interested in stocking our stunning designs. If you would like to place an order, please email us at: swg@restartafrica.org

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