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shanga & riverhouse

shanga & riverhouse

tucked away in the woods, you arrive on a dirt road to the little oasis of Shanga & Riverhouse.

when you pull up, you step out onto a parking lot and walkways covered in glittering crushed glass.  each piece catching the sunlight and beaming it’s color.

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did someone accidently dump all of their recycling out?!

kind of!

shanga is actually a small “factory” that not only creates one of a kind pieces from jewelry to stuffed animals out of 100% recycled products, but their equiptment they use to make the products are recycled themselves!

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the machine that smooths out the glass beads? a spinning bicycle tire and bicycle chain as well!

“be kind and recycle” is their motto.  shanga provides a safe and supportive employment opportunities for disabled Tanzanians. so every single employee at shanga that creates the unique, handmade, recycled pieces is disabled; deaf, missing hands, legs, etc.

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shanga is committed to protecting the environment and the livelihoods of disabled people in Tanzania by adhering to environmentally sustainable business practices and providing long-term opportunities to its employees.   this place is truly amazing in so many ways.

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a lovely employee took us around to each station and explained all that is behind the products of shanga and introduced us to the wonderful employees that are so incredibly talented.

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around each corner is glass hanging, smiles on faces and beads being strung, ready to be on display in the gift shop for someone to cherish.

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my favorite was the “cloth” area, where they sew kangas, blankets, stuffed animals…

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recycled cotton, restrung and died naturally.

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and their signature shanga necklaces

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after the tour, we headed to the gift shop since we had a few minutes before our lunch reservation at the riverhouse.

the giftshop is 3 rooms, filled with everything from wine glasses to oversized knitted blankets.

i was a kid in a candy shop. filling my arms with every beautiful necklace, fabric, key chain and blanket i spotted that was calling my name.

it all goes to a good cause, so the more reason to shop ’til you drop!

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plus, they have something for everyone on your list.

with our lunch reservation quickly approaching, we headed down the hill to the riverhouse restaurant… which i will soon be sharing my experience!