One of my favorite elements of ethical fashion is its ability to make the world smaller and bring people together to work toward a kinder and better world. Some of the worlds biggest hurts and injustices can seem so enormous and unchangeable, yet ethical businesses that are making strides in the right direction give us the opportunity to invest in change. I'm a huge fan of non-profits starting up sustainable businesses- in fact, my own introduction into the world of social enterprises came when I started a small business within a non-profit I was working with, years ago.
Heshima Kenya is a recent discovery, and I'm so impressed by the work that they are doing in East Africa to care for women who have been affected by war, conflict, violence and terrorism.
Heshima Kenya offers a holistic range of services including education, safe housing, case management, and economic empowerment through their integrated business- Maisha Collective- making beautiful hand-dyed scarves! Since 2010, nearly 70 percent of Maisha artisans have become economically independent. The Maisha Collective is designed to be solutions-based, enabling young refugee girls to achieve independence at their own pace. One hundred percent of the revenue is reinvested into Heshima Kenya's programs and the savings of Maisha Collective members.