Each double-layered face mask is patterned in colorful tie-dyed fabric, geometric print, or plaid and topped with soft ear loops made with stretch to stay put! Buying a mask from our partners in Kenya promotes safety and healthy habits at home and also supports the global community. It reminds us that we are all in this together.
- 100% cotton
- One size fits most
- Soft ear loops
- Double layer
- Machine wash, line dry
- 10" L x 6" H (25.4 x 15.2 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly-traded from Kenya
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Per updated CDC recommendations, doubling face masks, using both disposable and reusable together, can help reduce virus transmission. Face coverings like this one are intended for personal use in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies.)
Sasa Designs by the Deaf launched in 2011 with the goal of providing sustainable, fair-wage employment, believing a deaf woman holds her future in her hands. Most of Kenya's deaf population lost their hearing in early childhood due to a lack of access to medical care during high fevers. Growing up deaf, they face a lifetime of discrimination, even from their own families.
Sasa Designs for the Deaf sought to change that, here and now. "Sasa" is the Swahili word for "now," which reflects the social enterprise's focus on showing their deaf artisans the potential they have today, not what defined them in the past.
Susan Jepkemoi had been unemployed her whole life, and struggled as a 24 year-old single mother of a toddler son; Sasa gave her new skills and a sense of pride. Annastasia Nekesa was a middle child in a large family when she left to marry, but returned home after miscarriages and mistreatment by her husband. Now she has charted her own course to independence. Virginia Wanjiku's father was jobless and couldn't afford to keep her in school; now she can save for her three daughters' educations. Dorothy Aoko was rejected and isolated for most of her 30 years, yet now she feels accepted as part of the Sasa community.
Sasa trains women with the goal of employment but also empowerment. By sourcing many components locally -- everything from recycled glass beads, handcrafted brass chains, and bone and horn details -- Sasa artisans see how their creations directly impact the local economy, not just their own families.
Each exquisite, handcrafted item of jewelry from Sasa Designs by the Deaf comes with a card letting you know which artisan made it, including her bio and photo. Think of these women with pride and know that you are helping them feel proud of themselves, too, now and into bright futures.
Work the knot out of the casing and retie it closer to the end. There isn't much extra length but enough to fit many who don't need to contend with hearing aids. The elastic is also easily replaced - no sewing, just tie a knot. Be sure to use soft, narrow elastic. The 3/8 inch from my sewing box flew right off my ear! These are beautiful, well made, quality cotton masks. I wish I could add stars for being fair-trade and for supporting deaf women.
The previous reviews are not wrong. When I first received the masks, they were too small to fit around the ears and would pop off my face (not too effective). I bought earsavers which did the trick, but then I noticed that they started fitting without the earsavers (open them up completely before applying to face). The issue is with the elastic loops, not the masks themselves so if they do not stretch or if earsavers don't help, you can also replace the elastic loops with bigger ones. I bought the pack of four and I love all the designs and that they do a good wrap-around my face as well. The fact that I donated bowls of food to shelter animals and masks to healthcare workers with my purchase is a major bonus! Happy customer!
The cotton is cool and comfy! I received compliments from co-workers on day one.