The African Dog is a social enterprise founded by Baobuyu Learning Center
Here at Baobuyu we are huge dog lovers – and when we realised that there were no souvenirs on offer for our four legged friends, we began creating handmade doggy bandanas out of printed African chitenge material. Chitenge is a bright, durable fabric which features a huge variety of African inspired traditional and modern prints.
The African Dog was born, and has been going from strength to strength ever since.
After much trial and error, we debuted our bandana collection in March 2019. Bandanas have been available to purchase at a range of restaurants and lodges in Livingstone since, and we are looking to stock bandanas in as many local gift shops as possible!
Our Women’s group are now in the process of learning the ins and outs of each stage of the bandana making process. Our end vision is that The African Dog is wholly run by our women; from selecting chitenge, to cutting fabric and putting the finishing touches on each bandana.
Proceeds from the sales of our bandanas go directly towards empowering our Womens and Girl’s groups through the provision of skills training and activities.
Bandanas are currently only available for purchase in a range of locations in Livingstone, Zambia (please contact us for more information). If you are interested in purchasing a bandana from outside of Zambia; please get in touch – we may be able to arrange a special delivery with visitors or friends returning home from Zambia!