Credit: FEED Projects
Guatemalan artisans helped create Lauren Bush's latest line of FEED tote bags and zippered pouches, to be sold exclusively at Lord & Taylor--thanks to La Casa Guatemala for sending the news. The traditional handloomed Ikat fabrics were made in collaboration with Nest, a nonprofit that empowers female artisans with interest-free microfinance loans and mentoring, and the result are twenty brightly colored bags perfect for the summer season. More photos:
FEED co-founders Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson at the Lord & Taylor launch event. Credit: Lord & Taylor via Unicef
Credit: Lord & Taylor/Flickr via Stylelist
According to the press release, the "FEED Guatemala 1" and "FEED Guatemala 3" bags will help the United National Children's Fund (UNICEF) by providing daily nutrient powder for one child or three children, respectively, in Guatemala for one year. The release also notes some troubling statistics, below.
Chronic malnutrition is the underlying cause in up to half of all deaths of children under five years old worldwide. In infants and toddlers the long-term impacts of intelligence and physical capacity are irreversible. Home food fortification with a nutrient powder provides the iron, vitamins, folic acid, and zinc required for healthy physical and cognitive development in children ages 6 months to 5 years.
The FEED Guatemala bags retail at $19 for the small and $39 for the large. Visit Lord & Taylor to browse the full range.