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Social Enterprises

Meet our social enterprise partners

Artisan Fashion

Kenya, Uganda, DRC

Artisan Fashion was the first social enterprise to be created with EFI support in Sub-Saharan Africa. Together EFI and Artisan Fashion manage an international decarbonized supply chain, a structured network of social enterprises coordinating the work of artisans from the global South to produce for luxury clients worldwide.

Artisan Fashion specializes in jewellery, homeware, bags and accessories, and have recently expanded operations to apparel. Their international clients include Vivienne Westwood, Mimco, Stella McCartney, United Arrows and Chan Luu.

 

CABES

Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte D’Ivoire

Commerce, Artisanat pour le Bien Etre Social (CABES) is a women-owned, women-led social enterprise managing a network of fifteen weaving cooperatives across Burkina Faso. The CABES team also manages EFI’s production activities in Côte d’Ivoire and Benin.

CABES specializes in the Burkinabé textile, Faso Danfani. Its experienced team prides itself in giving international clients –  United Arrows, Loewe and Camper to name just a few – exceptional quality products and a service that is second to none.

Ozara

Khujand, Tajikistan

EFI has partnered with Ozara, an all-women social enterprise skilled in the traditional craft of Suzani embroidery. Ozara coordinates the work of a large network of embroiders from marginalized communities in the region.

Hand-embroidered mulberry silk is Ozara’s mainstay. It can be applied to furniture, clothing and decorative items. Natural dyes, with traditional and modern applications, make for a unique product for international clients.

Ikat Uz

Margilan, Uzbekistan

IkatUz is a cooperative of independent artisans skilled in Atlas Abr-Bandi or handwoven Ikat. Located in Margilan, a region famed for artisanal ikat production, the cooperative provides employment opportunities for the local community.

Specialized in traditional ikat production, IkatUz is well-known and much appreciated for mastering traditional practices but giving them a modern interpretation. Their vast knowledge of natural dyeing minimizes environmental impact, such as water pollution, for sustainably-minded clients like Zazi Vintage.

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Herat, Afghanistan

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Kabul, Afghanistan

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