Santa Marta Mini Mochila Bag

Santa Marta Mini Mochila Bag

39.00 89.00

Colombia's Wayuu mochila bags are handwoven by the Wayuu women from the Guajira desert in Northern Colombia.   Santa Marta was our home for exploring Tyron National Park and the Lost City - we spent many days just enjoying the vibrant people and lifestyle in the streets of Santa Marta - a great mix of locals and travelers!      Perfect for travel, beach days, or summer festivals!  

100% Cotton

21" Handle Drop

6.5" H x 7" W

$5.00 per Wayuu Mochila Bag sold will be donated to support water and nutrition systems for the Wayuu women and children.   Learn more below.

 

 

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Wayuu Women Story and their Children

The Wayuu people are an indigenous Latin American group inhabiting the desert of La Guajira Peninsula which borders Colombia and Venezuela.   Wayuu are ahead of the times with a profound respect for women.  They are organized in matrilineal clans.   The Wayuu children carry their mother's last name, making the Wayuu women the center of the family and cultural leaders.   One of the most significant cultural aspect is the Wayuu women's art of weaving Mochila bags.  To keep the tradition alive, each Wayuu mother teaches her daughter how to weave and crochet.   To the Wayuu, weaving is a symbol of wisdom, intelligence, and creativity.   Each design is unique to the weaver, telling a story through the bag's colors, patterns, and shapes.   Today, the Wayuu Mochila bags provide financial support to preserve their way of life, and to help buy food and water in the severe drought.  Due to climate change and changes to their water supply, a severe drought has hurt the Wayuu's food supply, clean water supply, and caused malnutrition among their children and animals.    According to Unicef, 1 out of 10 children suffer from malnutrition in Colombia.   The Wayuu Indigenous community is one of the highest risk groups to this due to drought conditions and closure of the Venezuelan border.  

---  In 2015, 38 children died from diseases associated with malnutrition in Colombia, according to reports from the Ministry of Health.   In 2016, 5 children have already died this year in the La Guajira desert region.   

---  In 2015,  898 malnourished children in La Guajira were recorded, according to a report by the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF).

We will be donating $5.00 per purchase to the #desoqueayuda Unicef foundation to provide a system of water supply and sanitation along with nutritional and hygiene education.