Giving Back

Giving Back

 

Giving back to the communities where our suppliers are from, has

always been at the heart of the business. We continually fight for social justice,

by supporting women, children and indigenous tribes from impoverished and

marginalised communities.

 

To find out more, keep reading...

 


 

76,000,000 People in India are without access to safe drinking water.

 

275 The number of rivers defined as “polluted” in India has more than doubled in the last five years, from 121 to 275.

 

40,000,000 litres of sewage and industrial waste enters Indias rivers every week, with only a tiny fraction being treated.

 

I 8, 9 I 7 villages in India

still have no access to water.

 

 

WaterHarvest

Water harvest is a not-for-profit charity who provides grant funding and technical support for water-based

rural development projects in India. They believe that rainfall is an incredible, sustainable source of water that should not be wasted.

So they construct a number of modern water harvesting structures that capture the sporadic rainfall during

the monsoon season and store it for use all year round.

 

We have pledged to contribute a small donation for every non-organic cotton garment sold totalling at £600 already in 2020, helping to provide

life-saving water tanks for the most deprived communities in Delhi and Jaipur. That means for every t-shirt sold, one family in

India will be provided with clean water for a week. These tanks known as 'Taankas' collect rainwater and provide families with

year round clean water at their doorstep. These tanks save lives and with your support, we can help these

forgotten families take their first step out of poverty.

 

Find out more about their work at: www.water-harvest.org

 


 

 

NHS Charities Together: COVID 19 Appeal.

 

Your support throughout lockdown meant that we were able to donate all if the profits from the

Happy Cropped T-shirt and 15% of the profits from the Georgie Cotton Top and Maxi Tiered Skirt to the Joint NHS Charities Together: Covid 19 Appeal.

From this initiative we raised over £3,300 for this charity which is set up to provide support and help,

to all the amazing workers in the NHS and those wonderful people who have volunteered during these terrible times.

 

In particular, this is dedicated to the wonderful nurses and care workers who have lost their lives

while working to save the lives of others.

 

 

Black Lives Matter

 

On the 25th May, we were horrified to learn that George Floyd was suffocated

by a member of the police force in Minneapolis. Sadly his death was demonstrative of a much wider global issue of systematic racism.

As a fair trade fashion brand, we do not tolerate prejudice and inequality and we always try to support marginalised communities.

 

On the 2nd June 2020 we donated a small portion of our online profits of the day to 3 BLM charities.

This totalled at a donation of $100USD to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, the The Bail Project and the NAACP.

 

Loving Humanity

 

Both our founder Lucy, and Aspiga proudly give a small donation of £5 every month to Loving Humanity;

a non-profit organisation created to support refugees and now the health and wellbeing of girls and women.

 

Loving Humanity provides, at cost, ready-to-ship micro-factories that produce washable and disposable sanitary products to those in need.

By providing sanitary products they are restoring personal dignity where it’s been lost—in war zones, refugee camps and slums.

Their factories are staffed by refugee or vulnerable local women who, through their work, find or rediscover their self-worth.

 

Every £5 donated helps to keep 10 girls in education, transforming their lives and helping them to learn, work and live with dignity!⁠


Maasai tribe

 

Indigenous design is rooted in sustainability. Whether it’s contemporary or traditional works, Indigenous artists today approach their

creation process in the same way that their ancestors did: with a mutual respect for nature and the world that they live in.

As a result, their pieces are innately eco-minded.

 

We are proud to work with individuals from the Maasai tribe, who supply us with their unique and truly wonderful jewellery.

The jewellery is crafted in their rural communities usually out in the open whilst looking after their

livestock in their homestead with their young families.

 

 

Economic Empowerment

 

We are proud that over the years we have given much-needed loans to some of our small suppliers

enabling them to build workshops and buy crucial tools and machinery to grow their businesses.

 

Aspiga especially loves to work with and support women. Our main sandal supplier is a woman who set up her

business 10 years ago when she was just 23 years old. She has worked with us ever since. Many of our suppliers' female

workers do piecemeal work in their own homes, which enables them to look after their young children at the same time.

 

We also source our gorgeous, colourful sandal bags from the Elimu Sewing Project in Kenya which supports young women

from vulnerable backgrounds to pursue a 2-year training program which equips them with income-generating skills and a sewing trade.

 


 

Restart Africa

 

We are presently supporting Restart Africa in Kenya, a wonderful orphanage giving

a loving home to 110 vulnerable children. We take out suitcases of donations each time

we visit and Lucy (Aspiga’s founder) and her childhood friend have started volunteering.

So far in 2020, we have donated over £150 to this inspiring charity.


About Beach Clean Up

 

The Aspiga Beach Clean-Up Campaign started in May 2019, after Lucy visited the beaches of Kenya

and was horrified at the amount of plastic pollution. We pledged to clean up a basket of plastic for every pair of Kenyan Sandals

we sold between the months of May and July 2019. We were so overwhelmed with the response and support from all of our

lovely customers that we made the decision to carry on with our campaign going forward and do our bit in saving our oceans.

 

To learn more about our efforts, click the link below...

Continue the Journey: Beach Clean Up