CHANCE on Main highlights local organizations making a difference in Africa

CHANCE on Main –a for-purpose boutique and gallery in Pennington, NJ, continues to give a “chance” through its continued partnership with Wazi Shoes, a collection that features beaded leather sandals for women, handmade in Tanzania. On June 15, CHANCE is hosting a trunk show where sandals from the 2018 Wazi Spring/Summer collection from 3pm-6pm.

Because CHANCE loves to make connections, over the weekend CHANCE on Main will also feature the works and wares of local organizations supporting economic opportunites in Africa, including Seeds to Sew, Global Connections Kenya, and Hopewell Keroka Alliance. The Africa-Hopewell organization open house will be on Friday, June 15, 11am-5pm and Saturday, June 16, 11am-4pm.

“Wazi” is Kiswahili for open, and “Safari Njema”, the company tag line, means travel well. The company’s goal is for Wazi women to have comfortable feet in gorgeous sandals and an open mind wherever they go. Using Tanzanian-sourced leather and featuring elaborate traditional beading that can take up to twelve hours per sandal, the shoes feature high-quality construction that lasts season after season.

Based in Princeton but committed to East Africa, the Wazi Shoe team donates a portion of each sale to the The Gretta Foundation.

“The Gretta Foundation’s mission is to provide nursing education support in East Africa, fostering skills within the local community and in turn bolstering depleted healthcare workforces and improving patient care and outcomes in disease burdened nations,” said Alice, a nurse by profession and Wazi Shoes co-founder. “We are proud to have sponsored a nurse scholar in 2017 and aim to double our support to The Gretta Foundation in 2018.”  Wazi Shoes will donate 10% of the proceeds from the CHANCE on Main event directly to the Wazi Nurse Scholar fund.

‘Wazi Shoes are a perfect example of the kind of product we love to feature at CHANCE on Main–beautiful craftsmanship, a durable and attractive product, and a wonderful social mission,” said Liz Bell, founder of CHANCE on Main. ‘We have met incredible people doing powerful things in similar arenas, and love to help create more chances by bringing these people together to get to know each other and the intersections of their missions. This is our second Wazi trunk show, and we have featured the hand-crafted, Kenya-made works of Hopewell-based Seeds to Sew International since we opened. We are excited to highlight the good work and chancesbeing providing by these and other inspiring local organizations.’

CHANCE on Main is located at 34 S Main St, Pennington NJ 08534. For more, see

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