IYALI

HAND-WOVEN AFRICAN FABRICS + MODERN DESIGNS
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IYALI : OUR MISSION

At IYALI, we promise beautiful products as we merge African fabrics with western designs to create bags and accessories for women. For every bag purchased, you create employment opportunities for local female artisans and sponsor girls’ education in Africa.

Ending poverty in Africa is an ambitious goal, but we believe that together as a family, we can make tremendous progress. IYALI means family in Nigeria, and we warmly welcome you to our IYALI to make a positive impact where help is desperately needed.

OUR PRODUCTS


We plan to launch a KICKSTARTER campaign in a few weeks. These pictures show examples of handwoven traditional fabrics that will be used to make our bags. The fabrics are locally called ‘Aso-Oke’. Aso-Oke is the traditional wear of the Yoruba people (the tribe of the southwest people in Nigeria, Africa). Aso-Oke is a cloth that is worn on special occasions by the Yoruba people usually for chieftancy, festivals, engagement, naming ceremony and other important events.

    At IYALI, we use these fabrics to create modern designs in handbags and accessories.

Are you curious about what our products look like? Join the IYALI Community to get sneak peaks into our entire process from selecting fabrics to making the bags in preparation for our KICKSTARTER campaign.

MORE THAN 28 MILLION GIRLS IN AFRICA ARE NOT IN SCHOOL

At IYALI, we take this matter seriously. We believe every girl should be given the opportunity to be educated. Every item sold contributes towards the education fees of an African girl.

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    Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children.
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    For every year a girl stays in school, her income will increase by at least 10-20%
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    Each extra year of a mother’s education reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5% to 10%
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    Educated mothers pass on their education and are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.
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    She’ll be 3 times less likely to become HIV-positive
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    She’ll invest in her children’s education and support their studies

(Source: www.camfed.com)

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT IYALI?

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    Create jobs for less privileged female artisans:

    Poverty can not be reduced without economically empowering women. We believe in giving women a sustainable income so they can support their families and send their children to school.

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    Inspired by Africa:

    There is a story behind every piece, so we encourage you to read the description and learn about the different African cultures as you enjoy your purchases!

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    Funding of Girls Education:

    At IYALI, we strongly believe that without creating a sustainable impact in Africa, we achieve nothing. We work with reputable NGOs to fund the education of girls in Africa. We need your help so that together, we are investing in our girls and creating a brighter future for them.

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    Founded by an African:

    Tomide is a Nigerian who has spent a majority of her life in Nigeria, having studied in the UK, US and founded an NGO in Nigeria to reduce youth unemployment. She provides a unique perspective on the challenges that girls in Africa face, as well as the originality and knowledge of every resource that goes into making our products . Through IYALI, she hopes to create a multi-faceted social impact in Africa while promoting the beauty of Africa around the world.

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    All our products are handmade:

    This means that no two bags are the same. Every bag is uniquely made with you in mind and you can rest assured that your bag has been given the utmost care whilst being prepared for its new owner.

CURRENT SPONSORS

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Campus Entrepreneurial Community and initial funding from the Wharton Innovation Fund

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Member of the Wharton Venture Initiation Program Community, a Campus Entrepreneurship Accelerator

Our Partners

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