SWAP recap!

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Well ladies, the first Gazelle Skirt event was a very fashionable success! Thank you so much to all of you who came out to participate (ahem, drop-n-shop) in the SWAP and who helped out with setting up, folding and refolding, cleaning up and just lending a hand wherever needed.

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Special thanks to Corrie, the one who got the ball rolling on this idea, and to Jenn & Shawn for hosting the SWAP. Amy, thank you for bringing Rama’s shop to us here in Dakar!

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Ndeye, we thank you for your tireless service to the women and children in prisons in the Dakar region. It is an honor and privilege to come alongside you in this work.

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For those who weren’t there at the end, the total count was over 20 big bags of clothing for women’s prisons and 5 bags of clothing for children living with their mothers in prison + money raised to cover transportation of the donations. Thank you!

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Shoppers extraordinaire, below you’ll find information on today’s vendors and how to get in touch with them for placing orders.

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Anne de la V. boutique

Clothing and accessories made using very high quality and rare West African fabrics. Bestsellers include her sandals (8,000cfa), flowing skirts and linen dresses with African accents.

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Find her boutique: Ouakam, Cité Asecna, near Brioche Dorée. With Brioche Dorée behind you, it’s four blocks down on your right. The boutique will be on your left. Shop the collection or place a custom order. Open Monday thru Saturday, 10am to 7pm

Find her on Facebook.

Call her: 77 606 6162 (English or French)

Diami’s Jewels

Beaded and other handmade jewelry at fantastic prices. Bestsellers include her multicolor coconut bracelets and necklaces, a wide selection of earrings at 500cfa and black beaded necklaces that can be layered. If you get together a group of your shopping buddies, she’ll make house calls!

Call her: 77 536 5405 (English or French)

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Rama Diaw

It’s a name that nearly everyone knows, but we also have gotten to know the beautiful woman behind the name. Although Rama was unable to make the trip down from St-Louis, we appreciate Amy’s stepping in to bring us the very best from up north.

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Bestsellers include ‘the Amy dress’, wedge heels and other accessories – all in gorgeous wax prints.

Find her boutique: rue Blaise Diagne, Saint-Louis

Find her on Facebook.

Call her: 33 961 99 52 (French)

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Artisans in the prisons

The women in Liberté 6 and Rufisque prisons are learning craft skills, such as embroidery and beading, that our shoppers really appreciated! To purchase more or arrange a vendor for a sale event, send us an email at gazelleskirt@gmail.com and we’ll put you in touch with the coordinator.

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Cinnamon rolls were provided by Aissatou’s Bakery!

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Lastly, several people asked about the ‘next’ SWAP event. So what do you say? Are you interested? Would January be a good time of year for it? Any suggestions or changes you’d like for us to consider? Just let us know!

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7 thoughts on “SWAP recap!

  1. It was a great day (even though I was sick)! I wish I could have been more help. Laura and I enjoyed it–and we really enjoyed seeing Anne’s stuff (and her reasonable prices). Can’t wait to visit her shop next time I’m in Dakar. Oh, it was also great to meet Polly Vandever in person! : )

    • It was great to meet you too Amy! Maybe next time you’ll be feeling better and we can visit more 🙂 I’d love to hear more about your school!

  2. I really appreciated the timing of the event though I know that some people may not have. But since I live outside Dakar (12 hours) it was nice to have it on a weekend that a lot of people were already in town. Not too many jaay fonde sizes, but I got a great beach bag and my friend picked up some super cute pieces! And I loved that I could shop some vendors and the money went to women. Overall I really enjoyed the event!!

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