While walking around Stone Town, Bego and I remembered we were in search of a small, local clothing store. Our friend Kath gave us some general directions and luckily enough Bego was able to recognize the name once she saw it.
Meandering our way up cozy, stone streets that reminded me of Venice, we found the shop Upendo, which means love in Kiswahili. The Upendo mission is to empower local women through education and work. The organization has evolved into a sewing school, workshop and store which sells wonderful clothing for adults and children. The workers use traditional fabrics from Zanzibar full of amazing colors and patterns and the clothing is simple and comfortable. All of the proceeds go to the school and organization with the mission of helping more women in the future.
If you are in Stone Town and searching for a fantastic store worthy of your dime, please check out Upendo.