I have known and admired Bat-ERdene for 5 years now. He is a caring and gentle soul and has designed and made me purses, belts, wallets, saddle bags ( lots and LOTS of saddle bags for the Gobi Gallop) and hat bands ( remember the ..."Bolon"..) Recently this gentle, hard working entrepreneur has also become the most unexpected of all things a philanthropist.
He called me up when I was last in Mongolia and told me that he was dissolving his NGO which had been his way of helping his fellow handicapped people and being an engine for positive change in the community. Instead he was going to become a for-profit business. "Wonderful!" I said thinking that this spoke to a great move forward for his business. Then he leaned across the table and said "Julie, I have been making your Gobi Gallop sadldle bags and hat bands and I have been talking to Bayaraa and Miriam ( Foundation logistics managers) and I am so impressed with the work you are doing to help Mongolian Children. I have heard that you also are bringing in wheelchairs to help Mongolian handicapped people. You are a foreigner and are doing such great things for the children. I would like to help you help the Mongolian children."
So, to help him (and the children) out, I have brought over a selection of some of his designs and with the help of a few friends we are showing them to shops and individuals who might want to become part of this movement to purchase responsibly and help the children through their purchases. Just one more way that we can help more and more people and spread the word about the plight of the children we help. SO....if you want a hand made, custom designed purse, wallet, or a camera bag, or a backpack, or chaps ( yes chaps!), hat bands...really anything made out of leather, I know where you can get them. And, if you know someone who has a shop and would like to participate in ethical entrepreneurial philanthropy, let me know and I'll put you in touch. It's a wonderful feeling, be part of an ever expanding team dedicated to making sure that we truly can move forward and make a difference...one child at a time.
In the meantime, just so you know what I'm really talking about - here are a few of his traditional and fashion forward designs....with prices. Oh, and yes, everything can come in every colour. Every colour...you're talking to a girl who has teal saddle bags that Bat-Erdene made for me! How fun is this!?
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Pricelist in $CAD
Blue backpack - separable zip straps - $100.00
Small rectangular brown bag - $65.00
Black handbag with brown logo - $100.00
Wallets: Men's and Women's Small - $25.00
Ladies large - $35.00 ( check out the secret compartment!)
Large convertible Camera / Gym bag $185.00
All products available in all colours.