Tahaddi sewing workshop

Tahaddi sewing workshop

The shorkk tote is a tote bag with a difference. Philippe, co-owner of shorkk, and Nathalie Bechara, director of the Tahaddi sewing workshop worked on the design together. It is made from soft, yet sturdy local cotton donated by a Beirut business to enable the sewing team to earn an income. The shorkk tote is proudly made by hand in the suburbs of Beirut. As refugees, these women do not otherwise have the means to earn an income.The Tahaddi Organisation is an NGO founded to support vulnerable families. They provide medical care and education for the families registered in their community. Since 2011 Tahaddi has welcomed many Syrian refugees and provides education for the growing number of children who would otherwise not be accepted into Lebanese schools. The sewing workshop was set up to teach mothers a skill and provide a degree of normality to their lives. The money they make is shared amongst themselves. 

We are selling these bags in the UK to provide an essential  income for the families in this community. The team in the sewing workshop are often the main income providers for their families. They are proud of being taught a skill from which they can earn an income. While we know tote bags are often handed out free with a purchase, we are sadly not able to do this as a small business. We have paid the sewing team for their work. The logistics of importing from Lebanon to the UK is another cost we need to meet. 

Hopefully our commission will encourage them to continue making such good quality products. And we look forward to working on future projects with them. 

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