After a decade of working in global marketing and sales for a textile company that employed artisans in Tibet, and motivated by a passion to connect artisans with markets, Mel Murray and her family moved to northern India in 2010 before founding JOYN Bags in 2013.

With a mission to connect and empower marginalized communities with new markets, JOYN is committed to putting work back into the hands of hundreds of artisans by creating handmade bags and creating holistic employment for craftspeople who wouldn’t otherwise have work.

JOYN actively works to purchase remnant leathers and sustainable materials while also empowering people in local communities with fair work by partnering with locally owned and managed cooperatives to keep manufacturing at a community level.




Job Creation & Empowerment

JOYN Bags creates opportunities for marginalized people in the foothills of the Himalayas by selling unique, hand-crafted artisanal bags sourced and created entirely within the local community.


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