Gear Review: The Stash Belt for Hiding Money

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If you travel, one of the perennial concerns is keeping your cash and valuables safe.

Enter a new product for hiding money – the stash belt.

Made from Kenyan leather by locals in Kenya to promote trade not aid, the 18 inch hidden zipper on the backside of the belt is capable of hiding up to $1000 in bills. Or you can hide a copy of your important scanned documents, medication or even small pieces of jewelry.

"Hide up to $1000 in bills"

Hide up to $1000 in bills

Another unique feature is the fact that each belt comes with its own ultra-slim 4 GB USB stick – and it too can be stashed in a compartment in the belt.

"4 GB micro USB stick is included with every belt"

4 GB micro USB stick is included with every belt

The belt comes in four colours – natural tan, natural brown, black and deep chocolate. Waist sizes from 28 to 50 can be accommodated – so there really is something for all but the tiniest of people.

Apart from the fact that the belt is well designed and a great product, you should know that with each purchase you make, you are helping to create jobs in Kenya. Wages paid help people feed families, look after their elders and pay school fees. Another note-worthy aspect to the StashBelt company is that they donate 10% of their profits to start-up businesses in Kenya – the seed capital so desperately needed to make new small businesses a reality.

The belt I received fits my husband well. It’s handsome and I know it will be traveling to any city or country where pick-pocketing and crime are big issues. It will give us piece of mind to know that we always have some cash.

Interestingly, the product was presented on the TV show The Dragon’s Den yesterday, though it hasn’t aired yet. I hope they got lucky and are able to take the company to the next level.

For those of you interesting in purchasing a belt go to their website to order. Belts are $59.99 with free shipping in Canada and $6.95 for international shipping.

For another company doing great things – this time with helping people in Uganda, check out my previous post on soap making with shea butter. Bars of soap are available from an outlet in Boulder, Colorado.

How do you look after your valuables when you travel? Do you wear a traditional money belt?

Leigh McAdam

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