German company COSYSPEED is looking to raise at least $11,000 by offering up the option of either plain or 'African-style' camera lens pouches to backers via the popular crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. Burundi, located in central Africa, is the world's poorest country. COSYSPEED has partnered with Burundikids, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young women and girls, to produce a series of 3 microfiber-lined lens pouches plus a microfiber cloth.

The lens pouches come in three sizes designed to fit prime, standard zoom, and telephoto zoom lenses. The microfiber cloth is the most affordable option, starting at $4, followed by $9 for the prime pouch, $10 for the standard, and $11 for the telephoto zoom lens pouch. The entire bundle, containing all 4 items, can be purchased for $28. The measurements for each item are as follows:

  • S size Lens Pouch: (Ø) 80 mm / 3.2" x (h) 100 mm / 4" - Fits prime lenses
  • M size Lens Pouch: (Ø) 120 mm / 4.7" x (h) 200 mm / 8" - Fits standard zoom lenses up to 24-70/2.8
  • L size Lens Pouch: (Ø) 140 mm / 5.5" x (h) 280 mm / 11" - Fits tele zoom lenses up to 70-200/2.8
  • Microfibre Cleaning Cloth: 150 mm / 6" x 150 mm 6" - For lens cleaning

If the campaign is successful, COSYSPEED aims to set up a permanent production facility in Bujumbura, Burundi's largest city, so they can continue to produce the first 'Made in Africa' photo accessories. It will house homeless young mothers, and their children, while providing them food and health care. The women will also have the opportunity to participate in an apprenticeship program that will make them dressmakers.

COSYSPEED will be crowdfunding on Indiegogo through January, 2020. Items are expected ship starting in May.


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