Over the years, we’ve given much-needed loans to some of our small suppliers so they can build workshops and buy tools and machinery to grow their businesses.
-In 2016 we gave a loan to the owner of our belt supplier in Kenya, so he could expand his business and build a work shop. Before they were working on tables under trees so it was impossible to work in wet conditions. This has made a big difference to his business as he is now able to take on larger orders.
-We provided our Kenyan sandal supplier with with a loan to enable her to buy an expensive piece of equipment to cut the soles of the sandals.Previously these had to be cut individually by hand. Not only has this saved time but it has also allowed the company to take on much larger orders from both ourselves and other companies. In 2019 we also helped fund a lifesaving operation for her newborn child.
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, so they can look after the young children while earning.