These earrings are designed and made by artisans from natural materials—banana leaf fiber and sisal plant. All dyes are AZO-free. The designer, Songa Designs International, is a socially conscious fashion accessories and lifestyle brand that employs over 150 under-resourced women in Rwanda to empower and encourage them to be economically independent.
After working with Songa, many artisans can buy land, health insurance, and send their children to school for the first time. Artisan wages are fair and determined through negotiations with artisan cooperatives. In Rwanda, cooperatives are their separate businesses, and government laws prevent business partners from having any influence on how the cooperative is run. Songa handpicks cooperatives to work with that ensure fair treatment of their artists.