Ethical Background

Ethical Background

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, treat them with respect, and provide safe working conditions, employing only those of appropriate working age. 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 to give these small suppliers a consistent stream of revenue.

GOOD TO THE PLANET

Through our production processes, 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 possible when sending our goods.

In our Aspiga head office, we also 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, thus, 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, water bottles, and 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.

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GOOD PRODUCTION

All of our beaded sandals, belts, and kikoy towels are handmade in Kenya. Because of the artistry that goes into hand making each one of these products, we can ensure that you are receiving unique goods that are not mass marketed.

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!

 

CHARITY

In Kenya, we strive to make an impact beyond business by collaborating with a wonderful children’s orphanage called Restart Africa. Their mission is to rescue and care for homeless children in Gilgil as well as uplift and empower communities through work opportunities.

We have established a sustainable collaboration with Restart Africa, providing work opportunities to their Sanata Women’s Group. The Sanata Women’s Group (SWG) was set up in 2009 with the aim of employing and empowering the women of Gilgil by utilising their fine needlework and artistic skills. When it was started, around 45 women were recruited by word of mouth. They were given extra training to develop their skills, and now, six years later, around 30 women are recruited on a regular basis. These women are given independence and security in a town with limited opportunities. Check out our Naisha Soft Sole Sandals which are produced by the SWG. All of the profits made through this project go to fund Restart Africa.

Kenyan Children

Restart Africa now looks after 110 children, some of which are just a few months old, in a new orphanage that opened in 2014 that provides food, shelter, welfare, and education. These children suffer significant emotional issues from severe abuse and deprivation. It can take many months of love and care before they get over the hand to mouth existence they were leading on the streets and are able to enjoy a more settled life in the Restart Centre. In Kenya, education is not free so Restart pays all the children’s school fees.

With every site visit made to our manufacturers in Kenya, our director, Lucy, visits the Orphanage and takes along with her clothing and other donations for the children. Some of these donations are gathered from friends and the community she lives in.  On her last visit, she was able to sponsor a day trip to take 45 of the older children to Lake Elementia. An amazing day was had by all including, a hike, swim in the lake, and lunch. Each of the children were also gifted a new top. “The children were inspiring and a total joy. It was a privilege to spend time with them. Where they have come from and where they are now, is incredible,” recalls Lucy.

Lucy is working on further developing our relationship with these children by setting up an annual volunteering programme where friends and family will run classes, sports activities, and day trips for the children while they are on their summer holidays.

If you are interested in hearing more about the Centre, volunteering, or sponsoring a child, you can find more information at www.restartafrica.org/get-involved/ or contact Lucy direct at info@aspiga.com



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We strive to do business in a more enlightened way and to act in an ethical manner, by paying our suppliers fair prices and paying them on time. We ask our suppliers to pay their staff fair wages, provide safe working conditions, treat their employees with respect, and not employ people under the minimum working age.