NAVA Apparel’s ‘Swahili’ Women’s V-Sandals with a multicolour, tribal design, cotton weave strap and whiskey leather base. The interior of the sandals are fully lined with leather for maximum comfort along with soles consisting of 3 different layers. Fiberboard insoles with latex foam for softness as well as foam wedges for heel and back support, all wrapped in leather and then fitted with grizzle soles for excellent grip. All NAVA Apparel shoes are handmade by local South African craftsmen, to whom we pay fair trade wages.
Swahili, also known as Kiswahili (translation: the language of the Swahili people), is a Bantu language and the first language of the Swahili people. It is a lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region and other parts of eastern and south-eastern Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, some parts of Malawi and Zambia, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Comorian, spoken in the Comoros Islands, is sometimes considered to be a dialect of Swahili, though other authorities consider it a distinct language. The exact number of Swahili speakers, be it native or second-language speakers, is unknown and a matter of debate. Various estimates have been put forward and they vary widely, ranging from 15 million to 50 million. Swahili serves as a national language of the DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Shikomor, the official language in Comoros and also spoken in Mayotte (Shimaore), is related to Swahili. Swahili is also one of the working languages of the African Union and officially recognised as a lingua franca of the East African Community. In 2018, South Africa legalized the teaching of Swahili in South African schools as an optional subject to begin in 2020.