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FAIR TRADE

At Afrikable, Fair Trade is a key tool for the Economic Empowerment of Women.

Fair Trade is a tool for global cooperation and justice, a sustainable development strategy that creates opportunities for small producer groups who are usually at a disadvantage in relation to the traditional rules of international trade.

We follow the standards set by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), including providing decent wages, preventing child exploitation, providing an environmentally friendly working environment and guaranteeing the rights of female workers.

Fair trade organisations are governed by the following principles:

  • Creating opportunities for producers at an economic disadvantage in conventional trade.
  • Payment of a living wage and a fair price.
  • Non-discrimination and freedom of association.
  • No child exploitation.
  • Capacity building in order to achieve producers' independence.
  • Environmental protection and application of responsible means of production.
  • Transparency and accountability.
  • Promotion of fair trade.
  • Safe and healthy working conditions.
  • Long-term business relationships based on solidarity, trust and respect.

In addition, Afrikable’s female workers receive other social benefits such as training, literacy classes, education for their children, scholarships for adults, a dining area and other services such as medical care and access to drinking water.

Don’t forget to visit our Afrikable and Fair Trade standards section to know how we apply them in our daily activity development.

Our producer groups

The Jimudu Women Group, which in Swahili means ‘group of self-sufficient women’, is one of Afrikable’s three producer groups. It is currently made up of ten women working in textiles. They mainly make fashion accessories and household linen.

When the project began, none of them knew how to use a sewing machine. But following a period of free training, during which they were also paid a decent wage, they are now able to produce high-quality textiles.

The Lamu Recycling Solution Women Group, is a group of six women who recycle waste materials into fashion accessories and household items.

They are a group of women living in extreme poverty, whose livelihood before joining the project was cutting trees for firewood and charcoal. The LRS project offers both decent employment and alternative work that protects the environment and prevents deforestation.

The Maasai Women Group, composed of five women, is still growing. They make traditional Maasai jewellery and gift items.

These women belong to the tribe in which, out of all those with whom we work, women's rights are under the greatest threat. At Afrikable they are learning to read and write and to know their rights, while respecting their culture.

Viatu Project Women Group

Viatu Project Women Group, composed of ten women, is a newly formed group. They make high quality sandals and fashion accessories totally by hand. In high production moments, all women cooperate in manufacturing the sandals. Along with timely recruitments, they work together to benefit 50 women.

Many of this women, mostly from the region of Malindi, had already been working embroidering embellishments on sandals, but the working conditions were extremely precarious then. In Afrikable, their work guarantees them employment contracts, social security, holidays and weekends off. They receive a fixed salary and an extra pay according to the manufactured products, whose price is considerably higher than the traditional market price. Besides, in Afrikable they receive continuous training and they learn the entire process of shoe assembly (a men´s job in traditional labour market). This allows them to increase their future job opportunities.

Our materials

Textile materials

Our products are made with traditional local raw materials from the Swahili Coast:

Kikoys are the traditional dress of Swahili men, in plain bright colours or multi-coloured stripes in 100% cotton. Available in greens, blues, reds, purples, yellows, fuchsias, white, etc.

Women wear kangas in countless different ways, not just as a skirt or scarf, but also to carry babies on their backs or as cots, towels, etc. They are made with boldly printed 100% cotton fabric.

Maasai materials

Maasai women are extremely curious and imaginative. Highly creative, this is reflected in the colourful products they make, with no two ever the same. Our products are entirely handmade, with each bead individually set.

Colours carry special meanings for the Maasai. Red and black are colours reserved for men, and orange and light blue for women. Green is the colour of the fields, and yellow of the harvest. Blue is the colour of the sky and white represents peace among the tribes.

Recycled materials

Recycled materials used in our Lamu Recycling Solution Project are mainly derived from plastic bottles and bags. We also use bottle caps and fabric scraps, as well as broken pottery and various other waste materials.

materiales para el calzado

Materials to make the shoes

In Viatu Project shoe workshop traditional materials are used: cow leather for the sole and the top and goat leather for the lining. Decoration is made with the same pebbles or coloured beads used by the maasai comunity.

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ABOUT AFRIKABLE

Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.

 

In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.

WHERE ARE WE

  • Lamu, Kenia.
    Madrid, Spain
  • +34 605 722 162