Face mask | Malawi | Covid-19 | Fair Trade| Ethical | Sustainable | Female Empowerment | Mayamiko | Lotta Yoga
Buy a #meaninfulmaskmalawi and your purchase will fund the donation of a mask to someone who really needs it here in Malawi. We are bringing two-layered face masks (so you can use a filter for extra protection) to you from Malawi.
The first 1,000 masks are in production and will be ready for shipment soon. We have partnered with DHL, who will do their utmost to get the masks to you as soon as possible. In total, it will take a couple of weeks after ordering to get the #meaningfulmask to your home. Orders are on request, with a minimum order of 50 masks.
Our partnership with Mayamiko
In addition to running Safari Design in Malawi, I plan to start a yoga studio and a yoga & soulwear collection – Lotta Yoga – made of local chitenge. Chitenge are colourful pieces of fabric used by women to hold a baby across the back or to wear as an everyday dress. It’s become a fashion statement and not just in Africa itself. I want the whole collection to be made of colourful and bold chitenge, which not only looks beautiful, but enables me to support local, sustainable businesses while helping empower women here in Malawi. So I met Hlupe from Mayamiko and explained what I was looking for. She understood my wishes completely and was very excited to work on the new Lotte Yoga brand with her team. However, since Covid-19 reached Malawi, Mayamiko’s entire production has been diverted to making masks. The Lotta Yoga collection will have to wait – and that’s totally fine.
#meaninfulmaskmalawi is born
Malawi’s fight against Covid-19 needs all the help it can get: we don’t even have a fully equipped ICU here. I want to help out. I bought face masks from Mayamiko for our staff and ourselves and, wondering if I could get people interested in buying the face masks and helping Malawi at the same time, I posted a picture of our beautiful Mayamiko masks online. I was inundated with interest and requests, which was at once overwhelming and heart-warming.
To ensure this project is fair trade and meaningful, we developed the Give a mask, get a mask concept. This means that when you buy a #meaningfulmaskmalawi, you automatically donate and help our project.
Unfortunately it might be the new “normal” to wear face masks for the foreseeable future. As there is a big demand for these chitenge face masks with a filter, we created one with 2 layers, so you can use a filter (or 2) for extra protection. There are official filters you can buy but what we hear most is people using coffee filters and paper towels.
Give a mask, get a mask Euro 12,50
Available in S (for kids), M and L. Same price for all sizes.
– your own #meaningfulmaskmalawi*
– a mask that will be donated in Malaw
– shipping to your home address on request
– good karma 😉
* We will select some beautiful, bright chitenge but we can’t promise you in advance which colour you will receive.
Want to order?
Please send an e-mail with your address and what you would like to order to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay healthy & safe! Lots of love from The Warm ❤️ of Africa x Lotte
It’s important that wearers of the #meaningfulfacemask observe the instructions below in order to maximise effectiveness. A fabric face mask won’t offer complete protection from getting Covid-19, but might help prevent you from spreading the virus.
Why fabric masks? Because there is a shortage health-care workers should be the only group of people wearing N95 masks. They are the ones most at risk. That leaves fabric masks to the rest of us who have the luxury of also practicing social-distancing.