Elimu Girls will be on Holiday until July 1, 2021. All orders made during this time will be sent when we return.

As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design may occur.

Made In Kenya

Villager Mwanakijiji

Mwanakijiji means “Villager” in Swahili.

Hope. Creativity. Empowerment. Financial freedom. This is what the paper dress represents.

Each small but mighty paper dress is a training tool made out of Kenyan corn maize flour bags. The paper dress remains unique because, although modeled after a school uniform, each dress is one-of-a-kind and handcrafted by her.

Within the folds of every single dress holds the story of a village girl who wants to create change in her future, and contribute to her community.

Display this beautiful custom shadow box lined with creme colored linen in your home and continue her message of hope.

Approximate Sizing: 18″ x 16″ inches.

Only available to local Los Angeles Residents

SOLD!

A minimum suggested donation of $500 will support our efforts to provide girls with boarding and scholarship monies.

Bring Kenya into your home!

Each Paper Dress Kit Includes:

  • Paper Dress
  • Kitenge & Paper Dress Zine
  • Extras: Dress Sticker + Kitenge Swatch
  • Tax-Deductible Receipt
  • Artisan Custom Frame Included

Shipping Details

Local Delivery Only Available in Los Angeles. You will be contacted for coordination of drop off.

Additional Donation Information

Make a donation to Elimu Girls, a non-profit founded by women empowering young girls in Kenya. Tax details will be emailed to you and your donation is tax-deductible in the US.

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Artisan Profile

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"Happiness is learning to earn your own money."
- Nancy

Nancy dreams of being a role model for her village. Her first paycheck will go towards buying fabric for a new dress.

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Nancy is the only unmarried woman in her family of 12 to be happily pursuing her dreams. Her widowed mother is a farmer who has been unable to educate her children beyond primary school. Nancy is a natural born singer and has the work ethic of champions.

She loves sewing, and wants others to succeed. Her energetic dancing is contagious amongst her peers as she glides and giggles across the one-room sewing college.

Meet Our Artisan Partners

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The artisans want you to know that every purchase you make helps her buy fabric, supplies, sewing machines, and so much more. In a world where you can be anything, thank you for being kind.

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Initially, our first-year students simply sewed on recycled paper because it was less expensive than fabric. But quickly, as the dresses began to adorn the college classroom, we realized these were works of art themselves. From collar to cuff link, every girl was able to touch each dress with her hands, her village, and her ingenuity.

Together, while learning the art of sewing, her story was deeply imprinted on every dress she created. It became a symbol of her struggle, her dreams, and her will to overcome. As this dress empowers her beautiful self, we wanted to have it travel from Kenya to you – and let the message of hope live on in your home.