CHARITY SUPPORTING FORMER BEGGING CHILDREN IN INDIA POPS UP IN BRIXTON

Locally run charity Buy Rice Back has opened for a short-term residency at Pop Brixton, selling tote bags and accessories made from upcycled rice bags.

Proceeds from the sales will help provide schooling, accommodation and meals for 37 former begging children in the south Indian city of Chennai.

Stockwell-based co-founders Renee Schreurs and Tim Loonen say they have been overwhelmed by the support of the community so far.

“We’re so exciting to be included in this blossoming community that Pop Brixton is fostering and everyday we have people stop by to find out what our wild and whacky designs are all about,” says Schreurs.  

“It’s incredibly humbling to see the generosity of customers and their enthusiasm behind our project and the products.”

The charity employs tailors in Chennai to transform the rice bags into a colourful range of totes, laptop sleeves, cushions and bunting.

 The sale of each tote bag, costing £10, raises the equivalent amount of funds to provide all 37 children supported by the My Name Is Kumar foundation with four meals.

Buy Rice Back’s short-term residency at Pop Brixton is open on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of October from 10.00 to 21.00.

www.buyriceback.org