These past few months have been a whirlwind for the Mana team. We’ve told you all about the women behind Mana, the small businesses impacted by our boxes, and more. Now we’re excited to announce the next chapter for Mana.

Funded in Under 36 Hours
If you weren’t aware, Mana had a Kickstarter campaign running from November 15-December 15. Our original goal was to raise $10,000 so we could support women artisans in South Africa.

Our Kickstarter backers blew that number out of the water.

By the time the thirty days of our Kickstarter were up, we had raised over…

With winter comes longer days of darkness and cooler temps. It’s also the time for seasonal depression and mental health struggles. There are a lot of small things that you can do to brighten the season and your mood just by surrounding yourself with color and positive energy.

Bring on the Dopamine
Many of us spend so much of our time in white, black, browns, and the like, but did you know by doing that you could be missing out on some serious health benefits? …

The stories behind Mana are tales of perseverance and strength, even in the face of adversity. Each and every woman involved in the boxes has overcome huge obstacles to be where she is now.

Constance’s story is a great example of this. She’s been committed to her goals since 1994, and she’s not about to stop any time soon.

A Rocky Start

Constance started selling her handmade goods after her husband passed. This tragedy left her as the sole earner for herself and her seven boys. Although she made enough to get by, she knew that she couldn’t offer her…

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your friend, family member, or special someone, look no further. By now, you know how our boxes are curated and why they are perfect for treating yourself, but our quarterly subscriptions are the perfect gift to give a loved one, too.

A Gift that Keeps on Giving

We know the pressure of finding the perfect memorable gift for someone. Luckily, Mana makes that easy. By subscribing to Mana Boxes, you can treat your friends to handcrafted, unique pieces created by local women artisans in South Africa. …

We’re entering the holiday season. If those times weren’t stressful enough, add in the continued restrictions and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and you’ve got yourself an extra stressful holiday.

Last week, we talked about the importance of treating yourself, but we thought it was even more important to talk about self-care during these particularly trying times. Give yourself and others some space and grace. We can all get through this holiday season together.

Surround Yourself with Holiday Cheer

While the holidays can be a stressful time, they are also a time of year that brings many of us…

We’ve introduced you to the women behind Mana and how our boxes are curated. Now, we want to talk about you. When was the last time you did something for yourself? If you’re reading this blog, we already know a few things about you. You support women-owned businesses, you care about change, and you like handmade goods. So, what are you waiting for? Treat yourself and help us amplify these women’s voices.

What Goes Around…

“Mana” is an unexpected gift that keeps giving. …

In one of our previous blogs, we talked about the women behind Mana. We thought it would be beneficial to explain how these women curated the products we’re featuring and talk a little about the companies that Mana works with.

In April of 2020, we were part of an annual conference with the South Africa Women President Organization members. It was during this event that we felt the heaviness of the desperation of these South African businesswomen. Their pain and challenges in mid-April were raw and real. They were facing impossible decisions about their staff, their businesses, and their lives.

If one thing’s for sure, it’s being a business owner is no easy task. Any woman who has climbed through the ranks of corporate nonsense or ventured out on her own to create a business knows this very well. Being an entrepreneur is hard.

That’s even more true now that COVID-19 is ravaging the world. While Amazon orders may have skyrocketed, small businesses that rely on in-person shopping are suffering. We saw how hard things were getting, and we decided to do something about it.

Share the Gift of Mana

Mana is a quarterly subscription box that features handmade, one-of-a-kind…

Mana is what happens when strong women with big ideas and bigger hearts come together.

Mich (as Anni affectionately calls her) and Anni, founders of Mana, knew from the moment they met that they were destined to work on a project of significance. When, where, and how were always pending questions, but not having the answers wasn’t going to stop their quest. Because they are both humanitarians at heart, for years, they bounced around different ideas about how to disseminate, replicate, and scale social entrepreneurship.

Mich and Anni, though worlds apart, both have similar memories of trauma and survival. Many…

Mana Boxes

Mana is a quarterly subscription box featuring handcrafted, unique pieces created by local women artisans in South Africa. Every curated piece tells a story.

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