Smanga Bags

About the Smanga Bag

Smanga Bags are very simple, effective, convenient, and save a substantial amount of cooking energy. Tests show that between 50% and 60% of cooking energy is saved. The Smanga Bag also has the potential to significantly reduce cooking time. In the many low income households where paraffin, wood or coal is typically used for cooking, a direct improvement in indoor air quality can be expected from Smanga Bags use. Smanga Bags are relatively easy to make, and thus lend themselves to decentralised small business production in low-income areas, and can be made using low-cost, recycled materials.

Smanga bag saves a lot of time, it is safe – even with little children around the home – and it lowers the energy spend of a household. You only need to bring whatever you want to cook up to boiling point, put it in the bag immediately and then you can move on to other chores or go to work. You have no worries that your food will burn and you can return home to a cooked meal.

Course Outline:

This course is divided into 2 parts over a period of 5 days. Two days will be dedicated to learning the skills required to make Smanga bags. Three days will be dedicated to creating a Smanga bag business.

Practical Skills Training:

This part of the course is offered to give students all of the practical skills required to make a Smanga bag to a high standard so that it is durable and of saleable quality. Students will learn the following:

  • materials needed to make a Smanga bag
  • how to measure various sizes
  • drawing, cutting and pinning your pattern
  • cutting and sewing your fabric by hand and by machine
  • sewing the lid
  • how to use a Smanga bag
  • energy savings associated with using a smanga bag
  • costs of making a Smanga bag

Business Skills Training:

This part of the course will take students through the necessary steps to turn their products into a business. A very dynamic and practical approach is used to give students the maximum hands on experience as they develop their own individual, business plan. Students are given the opportunity to explore and develop their own networks. Students will learn the following:

  • How to start my business
  • Assets, Stocks, Cash and Credit
  • Balance Sheet
  • Quality and Value Add
  • Marketing My Product
  • Production, Sales and Costs
  • Income Statement
  • Managing Cash Flow
  • Growing My Business

Included in the Course Fees:

  • materials required to make a Smanga bag
  • personal manual
  • 4 hours of private business coaching once the course is completed
  • certificate of completion
  • membership to the Green Business College
  • tea and coffee at break

What to bring:

  • notebook and pen for note-taking
  • food and drinks (other than tea,coffee and water)
  • sewing machine ( if you have one, but NOT necessary)
  • entrepreneurial spirit and lots of energy! ?


Course Investment: R 2800
Duration: 3 +2 days
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday