The Ethical Fashion Initiative acts as a bridge, connecting marginalised artisan communities in challenging and remote locations with global lifestyle brands.
Linking international brands with our network of artisans gives these communities in challenging and remote locations access to the international marketplace. This access to the market creates employment for artisans, and an opportunity to improve their lives.
From Burkina Faso to Haiti, Mali, Afghanistan and beyond, we engage artisans all over the world.
We create meaningful work, with fair and decent working conditions, employing traditional skills, from Maasai beading in Kenya to hand weaving of raw Afghan silk.
In addition, the EFI supports the development of African design talent. Our design mentorship programme showcases the creativity and talent of African Designers, as well as encouraging manufacturing with African artisans, and supporting the development of export capacities.
Our mission is to work towards sustainable development and create long term impact in the communities in which we operate. Through extensive training and mentorship, we build capacity and enable artisans to produce for the international market.
Through this programme, workers are empowered and can lift themselves out of poverty.