The Sa-pune social enterprise supports women from Kosovo’s excluded minority and rural communities. I set up this business but I take no income and the business makes no profit, sharing all takings with the 17 women supported within the project, on condition that their children go to school. In this way, the business contributes to getting children off the streets where they are begging or rubbish-picking, and breaks the cycle of poverty by offering them education for a better future.
Sa-pune’s products emphasise environmental responsibility, with cotton tote bags (2.50 euro) to replace the plastic that blooms in the fields like Kosovo’s national flower and upcycled donated fabric used to make lavender bags (filled with organic lavender from Albania) at 2 euro. The business also aims to promote Kosovo’s cultural heritage, with a line of bookmarks (4 euro) and greetings cards (3 euro) using real silver filigree charms made by artisans in Prizren, and then incorporated into the finished product by the women of Sa-pune. The charms are sewn onto the cards meaning that when the recipient has finished with the card it is easy to snip off the silver and use its little hook to wear it as a pendant – a gift together with your greetings.