When you buy these African lens pouches, you support a mother in a developing country

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With the holidays only a few days away, I think this project is something you’re all gonna like.

Cosyspeed, the photography funny pack company just announced a new line of products – African lens pouches. Aside from being gorgeous pieces of gear, they are made in a sustainable way. The lens pouches are made in Africa by a local community. That means that when you buy one of these (insanely cheap) lens pouches, you are also providing a job to a young mother.

I talked to Thomas about this project and he explained the concept to me:

We partnered with Burundi kids, a development project in Burundi, Africa. Burundi kids is a development project highly focused on kids. The project provides kids, and under-aged mothers, food, health services, a roof, and not less important, community, and education.  We are using this lens-pouch project to teach local women how to sew and hopefully help them to gain apprenticeship as a dressmaker. This project also allows the youg mothers to gain a fair salary, and proudly support their family. We hope that this project will be a seen from which we will grow a fair and sustanable production base in Africa.

The pouches come in two flavors, both are lined with microfiber on the inside, and either black or African style fabric on the outside. the pouches come in four sizes:

  • S size Lens Pouch: (Ø) 80 mm / 3.2″ x (h) 100 mm / 4″ – Fits prime lenses
  • M size Lens Pouch: (Ø) 120 mm / 4.7″ x (h) 200 mm / 8″ – Fits standard zoom lenses up to 24-70/2.8
  • L size Lens Pouch: (Ø) 140 mm / 5.5″ x (h) 280 mm / 11″ – Fits tele zoom lenses up to 70-200/2.8
  • Microfibre Cleaning Cloth: 150 mm / 6″ x 150 mm 6″ – For lens cleaning

I was pretty surprised at the prices: ranging from $4.00 to $11.00, those would both be a great purchase and a wonderful gift. To grab an African Lens Pouch head over to the project page on Indiegogo.

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