The Alma Tote is the perfect work and travel purse! It fits comfortably under your airplane seat and has durable straps capable of holding a laptop and all your important files. With pockets lining the bottom, you don’t have to worry about losing your phone or your keys in your tote.
- 100% genuine leather
- One large interior pocket and four small interior pockets that line the bottom of the bag
- Measures 13"H x 13.5"W x 5"D
- Straps with buckle design for adjustable length of 9" to 13"
All finishes are high quality. This is a handmade leather item, and by nature, there are variations in color and markings, adding to the unique character of each product.
Sustainable leather goods that last a lifetime
Introducing Lazarus Artisan Goods
Lazarus Artisan Goods is a social enterprise borne out of a non-profit ministry called Mission Lazarus. The non-profit has provided education, healthcare, poverty alleviation, and discipleship for rural communities in Honduras and Haiti for over 20 years. Students who attend their schools choose a three-year vocational path in leatherwork, sewing or carpentry, providing them with a skill that can be used for gainful employment upon graduation from high school. Their leather goods are created by artisans who are making a good wage and are able to provide for their families in ways they couldn't have imagined.
Values & Social Impact
Since all of their products are handcrafted in a traditional style, many of them take hours to make. For instance, their larger tote bags and backpacks can take up to a day for one artisan to produce. When someone purchases a product, the income from that purchase goes directly back into the program, creating income for the artisan and more demand so they can employ more artisans. Without purchases from their online customers and retailers, they would be unable to provide well-paying jobs to their employees. They depend heavily on the demand from consumers to provide enough hours to create sustainable income for their employees.
About the founders
The founder Jarrod Brown started this mission as a 20-something kid with a dream to help people he lived alongside in Honduras. Now the mission has grown to include several businesses, including Lazarus Artisan Goods, San Lazaro Coffee (which sells delicious coffee from their women farmers in Honduras), a lumber company, and a hotel in Honduras. Through each of these ventures, they support the people they are serving in Honduras and Haiti. I know if you were to talk to Jarrod he would have many things to say about the challenges faced over the years. Perhaps we can dive more into that later!