"Beba" means 'carrying' in Swahili. All BEBA tote bags are ethically hand-woven tote bags and locally sourced by talented rural women artisans in Iringa and Njombe, located in the southern highlands of Tanzania. Each BEBA tote bag is one-of-a-kind, featuring intricate colors, patterns and designs.
The BEBA Tote bag collection:
Customize your BEBA Tote bag
Choose from four distinctive designs and ten different colors, including natural, solid black, black & natural, brown, red, pink, yellow, green, purple, or rust. Lastly, you can select the leather color of your preference: black, chocolate brown, chestnut brown, or caramel brown.
100% handmade from 'Milulu' grass
The environmentally-friendly reed grass called "Milulu" is used for weaving the bags. The "Milulu" grows near streams, and the local women uproot, clean, and dry these grasses before using them for weaving the bags. We combine the skillfully hand-woven bags with elements of high-quality Tanzanian leather. We carefully add the leather by hand to ensure the quality of the final product.
Sustainable & Ethical
When you choose a BEBA Tote bag, you support sustainable and ethical fashion while contributing to positive social and environmental impacts. By making a purchase, you contribute to the full-time employment for over 300 previously unemployed rural women in Iringa and Njombe, Tanzania. Plus you help preserve their long-standing tradition of weaving.
Transparant & Personal
Our BEBA Tote bags not only add a unique and stylish touch to your outfit, but also reflect the cultural identity and creativity of the artisans who made them. Vikapu Bomba believes that apart from being fair, trade should also be transparent and personal. That’s why each of our BEBA Tote bags comes with a label that features a portrait and brief story about the 'mama' (local woman artisan) who wove the tote bag. So you will know exactly where the bag comes from and who made it.