Work of hands and hearts

HOW WE WORK

We link the Athi River Production Facility with our Community Office to bring together an array of artisan skills, from community groups and women’s cooperatives throughout Africa.

We give our socially-conscious clients the opportunity to design with African artisans and use their production to generate positive impact. Our transparent partnerships provide a fair and stable wage for expert artisans, making lasting economic impact in their communities.

In East Africa, our home region, we work with 67 artisan communities engaging 1,276 artisans, 90% of which are women. Through our network, we provide over 7,300 hours of training each year and we reach 6,655 beneficiaries. 

As part of the Public Private Partnership with the UN’s Ethical Fashion Initiative, we are connected to additional 67 artisan communities throughout the continent and we collaborate with a further 2,000 artisans.

“Our mission is to change the cultural stereotype that women can’t earn a living. Since 2010, we have successfully proved that, using our beadwork traditional skill, we can earn a living but also support our families and improve the general conditions of our community. Our long-term collaboration with Artisan Fashion has allowed us to build semi-permanent houses and a school for our children.”

JANE KARIMI, SATUBO (Samburu, Turkana and Borana – different Kenyan ethnicity) WOMEN SELF-HELP GROUP

These women decided to transcend their ethnicity to provide work, income, investments and mutual support

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TESTIMONIAL FROM BENTA OR ANTHONY

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TESTIMONIAL FROM A COMMUNITY / REFUGEES IN TANZANIA

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TRANSPARENT ARTISANAL PARTNESHIPS

Innovation, collaboration and shared inspiration

The official motto of Kenya is Harambee, which means “Let’s all pull together” in Swahili. This motto highlights the importance of community and collaboration in Kenyan culture

Hadithi

The rural areas between Kenya’s Tsavo East and West National Parks are plagued by low rainfall and a typical red soil. Farmers mostly grow sisal, an exceptionally durable and strong material that adapted well in harsh Kenyan climates.

Hadithi was founded to create a network of basket weavers and improve the livelihoods and lives for over 1,600 women living in the area. Hadithi means “a story” is Swahili and the name was chosen because for every product sold, there is a unique story behind the women it was made by. 

Weaving baskets is not only a traditional Taita skill but now, with Hadithi’s help, has become an important income-generating activity that empowers the women living in the region. The sisal used is is grown either on farms belonging to the basket weavers themselves, or else purchased from the sisal estate. 

We are proud to have been working with Hadithi since 2017. 

Bega Kwa Bega ​

We have been working with Bega Kwa Bega, a women’s group from Korogocho, a major slum in Nairobi, since 2009.

Bega Kwa Bega, Shoulder to Shoulder in Swahili, was started in 1992 under the auspices of the Catholic Church as a social program for single mothers. Back then, the women came together to discuss and share their problems and how to approach and resolve them.

Eventually, the group expanded and developed into a fair trade enterprise with skills in weaving and beading. Using the words of Ruth Mumbi: “We learn from each other. We have that spirit, so we can achieve our goal.”

Over the years, we engaged with these exceptional women to make bags, accessories and jewelry for Vivienne Westwood, Adidas, Karen Walker, United Arrows, Chan Luu and many more!

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Artisan Fashion is part of a Public Private Partnership with the UN’s Ethical Fashion Initiative

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