The Summiya Travel Scarf was designed by a Pakistani student named Summiya and is meant to educate girls like her in Pakistan. For every five scarves sold, one student can attend school for a year.
A SCARF WITH A HIDDEN COMPARTMENT, AND MESSAGE!
Each scarf is $40 (not including shipping). The extra cost for shipping in the United States is $9 (per scarf). If you live in either Aspen or Snowmass, Colorado, you have the option to not pay for shipping and the scarf will be dropped off at your door with no expense. For local delivery, email Macy Hopkinson with your full name, address, and phone number.
The Summiya Scarf was created through a collaboration with Waypoint Goods, where 100% of the profits are given to pay for girls' tuitions in Pakistan. A friendly competition was held in our school in Bhara Kahu where each of the students created their own design and the winner would have their design created into a scarf. That winner was a girl named Summiya.
"My name is Summiya and I am 15 years old. I belong to a tribal and very conservative family from Bajaur Agency and I speak Urdu and Pashto. My father moved my family to Bhara Kahu, located on the outskirts of Islamabad, after an army operation occupied the area. I have five sisters and two brothers. Pashtun culture differs from the average Pakistani culture in that it is more conservative and strict. Women are confined within the walls of their houses. My siblings and I are not allowed to go to the market or visit our relatives in the neighborhood. In fact, the only place that we can go is to our school. I love to read stories but I do not like cooking or helping with household chores, which is what Pakistani society expects a girl to do. I do not have enough time to play after school because I have to help my mother with chores. My father is a shopkeeper and my favorite subject is math. My biggest challenge in life is that I belong to a family where educating a girl is not considered important. None of my cousins are in school. They stay at home, help with housework and look after their siblings."
"My teachers say that I have more confidence after I was declared the winner of the competition; however, my father told me he would not allow my sister and I to continue attending school next year because there are boys in the class. The teachers at my school are working very hard to find a solution with my family so that I can stay in school. I hope that my classmates and I get the opportunity to complete our education and fulfill our potential so that we can help our families and our communities. In the future, I want to earn a Master's degree and then teach and reach out to girls in my community who do not have access to education."
About the Summiya Scarf
"When designing the scarf, I knew I wanted to create something different. I also wanted to win the competition so I put my heart into creating the design. Since blue is my favorite color, I used it as the base and white for the design. I am proud that my design was selected for the scarf and that my name is part of it."
The Summiya Scarf was produced in a collaboration between the Marshall Direct Fund and Waypoint Goods. It can be styled dozens of different ways and is a travel scarf, which means that it has a secret zipper pocket to store your keys, chapstick, money, phone, etc.
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