Mrembo Africa is a Nairobi-based ethical fashion brand that seeks to build hope and create sustainable economic empowerment for its women artisans. The brand uses vibrant African motifs to uniquely enhance modern designs, allowing traditional artistry and skills to be channeled into new markets. Mrembo Africa employs both local Kenyan and refugee women aiming to strengthen their sewing and tailoring skills so that they are able to support themselves and their families.
As a socially responsible brand, Della is committed to supporting the talented Ghanaian artisans who create their handbags and accessories. Della provides these men and women with more than just employment: health care, social security, literacy classes, money-management training, child care, athletic events, and sewing classes are just some of the benefits offered by the brand. To learn more about the Della team and their work, check out the video below!
Mata Traders is a fair trade brand that produces clothing, jewelry, and accessories made by cooperatives in India. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Mata Traders is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for economically and socially marginalized workers; the brand ensures safe working conditions, protects the rights of children, and respects the cultural identities of all of their employees. In addition, Mata Traders is also dedicated to cultivating environmental stewardship. To learn more about the brand's production process, watch the video below:
Raven and Lily is a clothing, accessory, and jewelry brand dedicated to artisan empowerment, fair trade, and environmental responsibility. The brand currently carries five collections made by female artisans from Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, Kenya, and the US. They are a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum's current 10 Founding Source Partners and are certified by Green America. To learn more about how the brand began, watch the promo video below.
Connected in Hope is a scarf brand committed to empowering the Ethiopian women they work with to rise above poverty through sustainable income development. All proceeds from sales go to either providing income to the women or are invested in holistic programs (training, preschool/daycare, and healthcare) for the women and their families. The company operates under the principles and best practices established by the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Federation. To learn more about the company's approach, click here.
Allie Gardner is a DC-based nonprofit professional working to eradicate human trafficking. She holds a Master's in Public Anthropology from American University.
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