MIMCO X ETHICAL FASHION INITIATIVE

CRAFTED LOVINGLY IN AFRICA & HAITI FOR MIMCO

NOT CHARITY,
JUST WORK

Every collection we create in partnership with EFI has a direct
impact on the artisans.

As Kenya was faced with environmental hardship, health concerns and political challenges this year, many EFI artisans were able to maintain adequate health care and provide for their families thanks to the income our most recent collection provided.

These two super wearable silhouettes were crafted by skilled Kenyan artisans.
The super soft goat leather has been hand-dyed, so each piece has unique markings - as well as a hand-beaded tassel.

THE IMPACT OF THE MIMCO X ETHICAL FASHION INITIATIVE

2017 Season 2
Indi-Go-Go
2017 Season 1
Constella
2016 Season 2
Waterwings
2016 Season 2
Hispaniola
2016 Season 2
Moon and Back
2016 Season 1
Double Decade
2015 Season 2
Bohomania
2015 Season 1
Afri Graphico

Indi-Go-Go Hip Bag and Pouch

67% of the artisans used the income received to fund their children's, or their own, education.

67% of the artisans received training and learnt new skills to complete the order.

100% of participants were able to provide a regular, healthy meal for their households.

100% of artisans felt more confident in their daily tasks and activities.

Angeline Kalondu, 38 years old
“This order came at a time my family was experiencing some economic challenges. I used the income to buy enough food in preparation for the scarcity usually experienced during elections.”

Constella Shopper and Pouch

134 artisans (of which 89% were women) from eight different community groups in Kenya were involved in the production.

72% used their income to fund the education of their children, dependents or themselves.

Nearly all artisans received some skill training, which contributes to their income-generating prospects.

100% of participants were able to provide a regular, healthy meal for their household and had access to healthcare if they fell ill – all would not have sought medical treatment without the income.

100% of artisans felt more confident in their daily tasks and activities as a result of the order.

Elisabeth Silantoi, 25 years old
“I am a college student pursuing a diploma in education...I received a good income which I saved in order to pay my tuition fees.”

Waterwings Tote and Pouch

86 artisans (of which 75% were women) from seven different community groups in Kenya were involved in the production.

69% paid complete school fees for 1-3 children.

Skills training was acquired through training or apprenticeships in manual screen printing, machine embroidery and machine stitching.

68% had sufficient nutritional meals, regularly and 19% would not have sought the same medical treatment if they fell ill without the income.

Lois Nyagothie, 58 years old “Although I’m an older woman, working on the order with young girls boosted my confidence and the overall satisfaction with work.”

Lois Nyagothie, 58 years old
“Although I’m an older woman, working on the order with young girls boosted my confidence and the overall satisfaction with work.”

Hispaniola Necklace and Bracelet

40 artisans (of which 89% were women) from five different community groups in Haiti were involved in the production.

68% used their income to fund the education of their children, dependents or themselves.

68% of artisans received training and learnt new skills to complete the order.

100% were able to provide a regular meal for their household with 86% of artisans able to access health care while working on the order.

100% of artisans said they felt more confident in their daily tasks and activities as a result if their employment.

Wilson Ysrael, 24 years old
“This was my first work experience and because I received training in jewellery mounting, it is now my job. With the money from the order I helped my aunt who was very sick and I have been saving.”

Moon and Back Tote and Pouch

142 artisans (of which 84% were women) from seven different community groups in Kenya were involved in the production.

79% used their salary to contribute to school fees throughout the order

46% never skipped a meal while working on the order, whilst 53% who required health care would not have sought the same treatment without the income.

Skills training was acquired through training or apprenticeships.

68% had sufficient nutritional meals, regularly and 19% would not have sought the same medical treatment if they fell ill without the income.

Regina Wetamo, 30 years old
“I am a mother of five and I worked on the beaded circles during the MIMCO order. I was able to buy two goats which I sell in December.”

Double Decade Pouch and Keyring

173 artisans (of which 78% were women) from eight different community groups in Kenya were involved in the production.

71.61% of participants contributed to all or part of their own or their children's school fees during the order.

66% never skipped a meal while working on the order, whilst 33% who required health care would not have sought the same treatment without the income,

55% participated in training to improve their skills related to the order.

Irene Olweny
“This income was very important for me as it contributed towards my wedding...I also used the income to provide healthy meals for my household members.”

Bohomania Tote and Pouch

230 artisans (of which 82% were women) from 11 different community groups in Kenya were involved in the production.

84% of participants contributed to all or part of their own or their children's school fees during the order.

81% were able to provide healthier meals for their families and 14% of artisans said that they would not have sought the same healthcare treatment without their income.

100% were able to learn additional business and social skills, such as Public speaking, organisation, leadership, teamwork, fair labour and environmental awareness.

Esther Imariti, 30 years old
“The training I received assisted me to be able to train my husband in beadwork so that he could supplement the family income.”

Afri-Graphico Tote and Pouch

293 artisans (of which 93% were women) from eight different community groups in Kenya were involved in the production.

75% contributed to all or part or of the school fees during the order.

95% of artisans received training during the production of the order and 100% were able to pass on their knowledge and skills to others.

97% of participants were able to provide a regular, healthy meal for their household and 68% would not have sought medical treatment without the income.

Beth, 41 years old
“During the MIMCO order I got sufficient disposable income which I used to meet my rent and school fees for my daughter.“

RESPECT INVEST SUSTAIN EMPOWER

The Ethical Fashion Initiative measures the impact work has on the artisan's lives through a tool known as RISE. The aim of the tool is to ensure that all production takes place in an ethical and fully traceable supply chain – all data collected through the RISE program is publicly available here.

The History of MIMCO X EFI

Watch our first collection
come to life.
The story of Mary Wacuku
Mburu, a Kenyan artisan.
The MIMCO X EFI journey
continues in Kenya.
The creation of our first
jewellery collection from Haiti.