GOOD TO PEOPLE
We are working to help fight poverty through fair trade. To us, this means sourcing through small suppliers who offer their employees fair wages; employ only those of appropriate working age; treat their employees with respect; and provide good working conditions to their employees. Currently, we work with five Kenyan suppliers, stimulating their local economies and providing jobs to the men and women in these communities.
We try to be as good to our suppliers as they are to us. We pride ourselves on always paying our bills and deposits on time in order to give these small suppliers a consistent stream of revenue.
GOOD TO THE PLANET
Through our production process, we try to avoid airfreight whenever possible, minimising our company's carbon footprint. Our packaging is reviewed regularly, as we strive to create as little waste as possible when sending our goods.
In our Aspiga head office, we recycle as much of our waste as possible. We are on a mission to create a zero-plastic office, encouraging all of our employees to use non-disposable drink containers, minimising the waste our office puts out.
We have just introduced a line of eco-friendly products, striving to share in an environmentally conscious mindset with our customers. So far, we have introduced reusable snack bags, coffee cups, and water bottles as well as portable bamboo cutlery. We are excited to expand this product line and help our customers join us on a mission to be good to the planet.
All of our beaded sandals, belts, and kikoy towels are handmade in Kenya. Because of the artistry that goes into hand making each of these products, we can ensure that you are receiving goods that are unique and anything but mass market.
Our Director, Lucy Macnamara, fell in love with the craftsmanship of Kenya. By continuing to source our goods through traditional production techniques, we hope to pass this love along to you!
In Kenya, we strive to make an impact beyond business, by collaborating with a wonderful Children Orphanage called Restart Africa. They strive to rescue and care for homeless children in Gilgi (Kenya), as well as uplift and empower communities through work opportunities.
We have established a sustainable collaboration with Restart Africa, providing work opportunities to their Women's group, Santana. All of the profits made through this project go to fund the Restart Africa.
With every site visit made to our manufacturers, Lucy travels up to visit the Orphanage and takes along with her clothing and other donations for the children, that she collects from friends and the community she lives in.
She is further developing our relationship with them by setting up an annual volunteering programme where friends and family will run classes, sports activities and day trips with the children while they are on their Summer holidays.
We strive to do business in a more enlightened way and to act in an ethical manner, paying our suppliers good prices and helping them with cash flow by paying deposits and paying our bills on time! We ask our suppliers to pay their staff fair wages, to have good working conditions, to treat them with respect and not to employ people under the minimum working age