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Friday, 11 May 2018
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On May 12 we celebrated the World Fair Trade day.

In Afrikable we bet on the Fair Trade as a key tool to get women’s economic empowerment..

During 9 years we’ve been working and creating opportunities to many african women and their families, accessing to a decent job, training professionally and growing together to start to own their own lives.

Putting their faces and hearts to what’s behind the elaborate product; Hope, justice, professionalism and above all empowerment, such as Khadija Hassan that started making recycling products and now she is the project’s manager in Lamu.

Khadija Hassan

Or Mamá Madina, (Madina mother), one of our “grandmothers".

“Madina mother does not remember how old is she, more than 60 she says. She had 10 children but two of them have already died. She tell us that nobody hires somebody of her age, and much less to a woman that also does not know how to read or write.

She is very happy with the new sandal’s Project because she sees that her work is important. She takes care of apply glue to the pieces, dyeing, and apply polishing wax and polishing the sandals.

With the salary that she earns, she can bring food home and to buy medicine to her sick husband. She also can pay the school for her children and even she can send one of them to highschool”.

Mama Madina

And the same as them, even more women, Anonymous heroines, tireless fighters that thanks to the Fair Trade, they have been improving their lives and those of their families.

From Afrikable we know that there is another way to make economy, to make a fairer and sustainable world to everyone.

As consumers we have that big power in our hands, valuing not only the economics but also the social and ecological.

We want a new global economic order with a fair Exchange, a sustainable social and ecological development, of quality of life for today and for the future, definitely, responsable and solidary consumption.

JOIN UP AND BE FAIR TRADE! #WeAreFairTrade

Afrikable - #SomosComercioJusto

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Author: Merche Cascajero | Translator: Rubén Duarte

Thursday, 08 March 2018
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Today, millons of women around the world will raise their voices against the violation of their rights (sexual, reproductives, labor …) against male-chauvinist violence, against the invisibilization of a global society that doesnt take them into account, relegated to a second plane and still does not value them justly for who they are. And they will do it, from many different corners of the globe, joining to an international feminist strike.

The women makes the world go around. If the women stop, we all get stagnant.

The afrikable’s craftswomen want to be heard. to be respected and free. Today, they also join to the strike. They celebrate their day. From Lamu, Kenia, we join together with them to the millions of women that will go out to the Street to demand to be recognized, respected and treated as equal.

Nos queremos vivas y libre. Por los derechos de todas.

WE WANT US FREE AND ALIVE | FOR THE RIGTHS OF ALL WOMEN

Jose and Ana, the solidarity vacation’s coordinators and general support in field, they share what it means to them to live the march 8 next to them.

Ana Carrascón: “Every day in Afrikable is a gift. It’s to be able to put name, and last name and a huge smile to the fight of each and every craftswomen that are part of this big family. Women that, against all odds, show that they are able, strong, powerful and transformers. Women that drive changes to better, to them and their families, and that through their work in the just commerce circuit can guarantee an education to their children, to be self-sufficient economically and cease to be invisibles for a society that relegates them to the darkest corner.

We admire them because all of them, to get here today, they have had to face situations of inequality and injustice, discrimination, violence, lack of ascence to the education and to health. They are a real example of courage and empowerment. To be able to share with them the women international day celebration and their claims this year, it makes the greatest sense.”

Jose Mateos: "In Spain, the article 40 of the II Republic prayed : “ All the Spaniards, without distinction of sex are admisibles to the Jobs and public office …” Since then, and thanks to the tireless fight of the women like Clara Campoamor, we have not stopped advancing in the fight towards the equality and the freedom. A fight that still has a long way to go, but a fight that is condemned to success.

A fight required independently of the country, color or ethnic group. A fight in which we the men have the responsability, capacity, need and obligation to collaborate, ending in this way with the injustice situation that they live for the simple fact of being women. Fight that we musn’t stop until we get the total balance.

In Afrikable we believe in the female empowerment and that`s why we work everyday. It does not exist a man enough rich, able to pay what our women’s smile transmit. Note even, between the richest, could pay the spark that shudder your body when you see the evolution of women that have suffered in his own flesh the scour of inequality through the marginalization, the gender violence and the male- chauvinist submission.

This is why we demand the implication of the goverments in this fight that Benefit everybody. Implication through effective action that fights against this male-chauvinist system, where it continues to be tolerated situations like male violence, marginalization, and inequality in the laboral rights, staying the dome of the big corporations and governments in men’s hands.”

We will convert this day in a party!

 

 

Authors: Jose and Ana | Translator: Rubén Duarte

Sunday, 07 January 2018
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Working in the children’s rights week, the Pícaros School’s team thought: “what better way to teach our little kids about the children’s rights than to show them the reality of other children anywhere in the world? Why our little children were not going to contribute in the sense that we are all equal? At that time we came up with the idea of collaborate with Afrikable through our school.

Cuento 'UN GRAN CAMBIO'To show our little ones the world’s reality, we began with a project presentation video where they could watch the world’s children. We keep going with a storyteller about Maka’s story through “A BIG CHANGE” story tale.

Been so excited with Maka’s story ! Three, two, one …. Let us get the ball rolling! Shoes out, socks out and to paint their foots to create elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers … they were excited with Africa so we made a wall with everyone helps.

Afrikable Pícaros School Mural

But still we could do more things that Maka taught us, so we decided to create necklaces as the Massai’s women do it, full with litlle balls and a lot of colours! Ahh, I forgot, and we made them in the floor, as we know that they do it.

Afrikable Pícaros School Collares Massai

Afrikable Pícaros School Collares Massai 1

And finally, we will tell you that we also learned a little Swahili, now every morning the children enter the school saying JAMBO and they smile and dance when it sounds the song “Jambo Bwana”.

Afrikable Pícaros School Jambo Bwana

This is just the beginning, we will colaborate with Afrikable during all the scholar course, because we believe that...

EVERYTHING THAT YOU GIVE TO THE CHILDREN, THE CHILDREN WILL GIVE IT TO THE SOCIETY

Afrikable Pícaros School Cooperando por Mundo Mejor

THANK YOU LOLA

THANK YOU TEAM

 

Author: Mabel Deza | Translator: Rubén Duarte

Tuesday, 10 October 2017
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Finally, the day to present the New Afrikable catalogue.

Behind each product, each photo and each design there is great teamwork that has lasted for years, and many stories to tell.

From every woman who, with perseverance, effort and their willingness to always improve, grow and better themselves, has cut, sewed and ran every stitch from the first to the last product with a smile on their face

Since that day Lola and I were sitting down with a pen and a notebook in hand, the new catalogue started to become a reality, instead of a new dream to fulfill, to showcase all the work we do every day at Afrikable, with enthusiasm, professionalism and the same goal as always: women’s empowerment and fair trade as a tool for change.

From every photo taken of each product, by the number one photographer and model, that with each flash takes you to another place where you can hear the sewing machines, the soft singing of women while working and the laughter of children in the background.

From the great and essential graphic design work, with a consummate professional at the front spreading energy through each improvement and idea put forward, where the outcome of the road we have travelled together can be shown, to achieve much more than a Fair Trade catalogue, a catalogue of stories, empowerment, self-improvement and effort.

Regalos solidarios de Comercio Justo Afrikable

A new catalogue with new products, in line with new trends, as well as the total upgrade of the existing products with remarkable improvement in quality and design.

All items shown in this catalogue are handmade under Fair Trade standards , by Afrikable’s producer groups: Jimudo Women Group, Masaai Crafts, Lamu Recycling Solution and Viatu Project.

Find out all about it!

 

DOWNLOAD your catalogue now or visit our online shop

 

Author: Merche Cascajero | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Tuesday, 07 March 2017
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Today is our day, the day to remind the world of our rights, that we exist, that we are just as intelligent as men, that we want equality.

Today seems to be the day that has been granted to us to give us value, to thank us for our role as women, mothers, wives, single, workers, unemployed, tall, short… the day society acknowledges our existence.

Although we at Afrikable fight for women’s rights all year round, not only on the 8th of March.

Because our project’s aim is to empower women. To make sure they have a job, learn a trade, learn to read and write, explain to them which are their rights so they can defend themselves all over the world.

Yes, the verb “defend” is the best one to explain this world and this society.

Because having to say that in this century we still have to fight for our most fundamental rights is surprising, to say the least.

That there are still men in political positions who continue to believe and say flat out that women are intellectually inferior and that this is one of the reasons why they should get paid less money than men.

That each day we have to justify and prove our position in an office in front of male colleagues.

That women die every day at the hands of psychopaths who think they have power over someone else’s life.

There are so many examples...

And it is a shame that, on such a beautiful day as Women’s Day, the words that stick out are: fight, rights, hope, union, survival, empowerment.

If everything was alright, if we were given the value that we have, today we would hear words like: love, life, excitement, eagerness, equality.

For our part, we want to congratulate all women for their daily struggle, for not losing faith, hope, the eagerness. Because each day there are more of us willing to scream to the world that there are many of us, we are strong and united.

Afrikable and its women prove every day that it can be done. With a job they like, a living wage, a family to feed, and all of this with a smile. Those smiles that light up Lamu.

 

Author: Ana Carlavilla | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Tuesday, 07 March 2017
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International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate that in the face of inequality and injustice we are not alone. Many women and men have decided to act in favor of women’s rights and our empowerment as agents of change and social progress.

All over the world, women have to face economic and employment inequality, violence inside and outside the home, lack of access to education, to health services, etc. International Women’s Day should be used to denounce and make visible such inequalities and situations of social injustice, to not silence us, to seek compromises and commit ourselves to our future, ultimately, to take action.

I wanted to focus my commitment on March 8th, 2017 on one case of inequality and injustice that I’m especially concerned about, which is, access to women’s reproductive and maternal health. Access to health is a human right but women and girls, mainly in developing regions, have to face situations of helplessness caused by economic dependence, discrimination, lack of social support, lack of education, lack of power over their own sexual and reproductive lives, lack of resources for better care and inaccessibility to health care services. According to data from the UN only half the women in developing countries receive the medical care they need and many women suffer and die every year from complications during pregnancy and childbirth (the maternal mortality rate in these countries is 14 times higher than in developed regions).

We need to take action because maternal morbidity and mortality is a danger that could be avoided by providing developing regions with the resources needed to provide information, education and easy access to quality health care. By supporting and promoting measures such as the new Afrikable’s project Maternity Home, with our commitment, we can achieve this..

Happy International Women’s Day to all!

 

Author: Lidia Jimeno | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Saturday, 18 February 2017
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Those were the options I chose to continue collaborating with Afrikable from Spain and to help launch the Maternity Home. A Center for Reproductive and Maternal Health, through which Afrikable empowers women from health, standing up for women’s sexual and reproductive rights and promoting their health, which are key to achieving gender equality and women empowerment.

Erika Bergara

When I arrived in Lamu last August and met Afrikable, I knew right away that I had made the right decision. I was right in choosing a Volunteer Holiday that became the best experience of my life.

A holiday full of color, smiles, surprises every day, brave women who are beautiful inside and out, and children who instill happiness with just a smile. I lived there with 11 colleagues and the best coordinators. When the time to leave came, I couldn’t help but say those words that are heard at the end of every month at Afrikable: "I don’t want to leave".

Upon arrival in Spain, I began to think of ways in which I could continue to collaborate with Afrikable. I wanted to do my bit to help bring the new project forward: Maternity Home.

Mercadillo Bilbao Erika

Then I had the idea to organize a charity market. It was a great experience that I recommend to everyone. .

I loved being able to remember and share everything I experienced during August with everyone who came by to buy the handmade items that women at Afrikable made.

 

Iniciativas Huchas

In addition, I talked to 4 friendly businesses: Kukumiku (a candy store in Algorta, Getxo), Bar Amalur in Legutiano, 15.000 Hops (a bar in Barakaldo) and Kaki Frutadenda (a fruit shop in Romo, Getxo) and asked them if I could install money boxes in their establishments along with a brief explanation of the project Maternity Home in order to raise some money. It has been a success! It was as easy as installing four money boxes.

I can only say asante sana (thank you very much) to everyone who has made this possible, thanks to everyone who has helped me and has collaborated in one way or another, and thanks to Kukumiku, Bar Amalur, 15,000 Hops, and Kaki Frutadenda for their great contribution.

 

#EmpoderaLaVida   Collaborate! 

 

Author: Erika Bergara | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Sunday, 13 November 2016
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It’s already been seven years since we undertook this wonderful project. Seven years full of joys, many smiles, and also more sorrows than we would have wanted to experience, but, ultimately, seven intense years that have changed our lives and mainly the lives of many families in Lamu.

It’s already been seven years since we realised that women in Lamu deserved us to leave our comfortable European life, families and friends aside, and to fight for a fairer future for them and their families, because they deserve this and much more.

Our beginnings were easy: A sewing workshop with 10 women, who were offered training, literacy, a decent job according to fair trade’s standards, children education, and dining room service for their children –a total of 15 back then–, both free of charge.

Afrikable inicios

Seven years later, the project has so grown that, during these years, we found ourselves in need of buying a piece of land to be able to take in the over 40 women who are part of the already four fair trade workshops nearly 100 in high production times– and the over 120 children we support in their child development. Moreover, a new project we dreamt of since our beginnings can finally see the light and get started: Afrikable’s Maternity Home, where a lot of women will be able to receive high-quality gynaecological assistance and pregnancy follow up, with the purpose of improving their sexual, reproductive, and maternal life.

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7-aniversario-afrikable-Khadija-Hassam

After these years, we can see big personal changes and little big leaps towards women’s empowerment in the evolution of women like Khadija Hassan, who used to sleep on her mother-in-law’s hut floor after her husband having abandoned her and her daughter, and who, after standing out in the sewing workshop for her qualities and skills, became store manager and has been the inland director of Afrikable for a few years now.

 

7-aniversario-afrikable-Fatuma-Hassam

A little big dose of magic when a woman like Fatuma Hassan when the only thing she’d ever done in her entire life was cutting wood, bringing water, and giving birth, is given the opportunity to show her worth, to learn to read and write, to overcome the difficulties and learn to use the sewing machine –though no one can stop her now...A little big dose of magic when Fatima gets to know her rights and doesn’t want her daughter to get married when she’s only 15 years-old: She wants her to study and to have a different future, a future she is able to choose.

 

7-aniversario-afrikable-Maryam-Ramadhan

A huge dose of magic when Maryam Ramadhan faced her husband, who did not want her to work, nor to be seen by any other men –despite them being doctors when she was ill...and, despite receiving death threats from her now ex-husband and falling into deep depression, has overcome all these obstacles life has put in her way towards her empowerment. She’s now the CEO of her own life and she decides to work in Afrikable’s store, working face-to-face with customers, and to go to the doctor if she needs to, and she lives on her own and says she can now choose, and she chooses not to marry until she finds a man who respects her the way she deserves.

 

During these seven years, over 400 people have taken part in our solidarity holidays programme, been part of our joys and our sorrows, and have been able to see firsthand all this progress.

Seven years full of stories, many of them happy, some of them very sad, which break our souls...Seven years which would not have been possible without your help and cooperation. Thank you so much for trusting us, for supporting us, for reading us, for spreading our work. In short, thanks a lot for being there!

To other 7, 70, or 7 000 years! CONGRATULATIONS, AFRIKABLE, and keep on growing!

 

 

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Author: Lola Serra | Translator: Sara Vivarelli

Wednesday, 03 August 2016
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Thinking about some new ideas for the project, we decided to prepare a little stage play, so children could have a great time laughing of our rookie swahili and also learn about waste disposal. We met the expectations, the audience was thrilled and the actors were delighted.

I, as the donkey, had the magical feeling of receiving instead of giving, something big moved me, I enjoyed it and I didn’t need anything else but that moment.

Obra Fatuma Punda 01

We did it with and for women and children of Afrikable. They gave away their smiles, turning something small into something big.

For a moment, you forget about everything else and you think about the joy, their lifestyle and the small things that you will cherish. You just want to stop time, and relive it a million times, hear their laughs and remember their eyes wide open.

Obra Fatuma Punda 02

Maybe at the end, we didn’t have the big round of applause that we were expecting, but you could see it in their faces. The magical feeling when you think that you don’t need anything else will accompany you for the rest of your life.

Obra Fatuma Punda 03

Maybe that applause was meant for them, maybe we should be the audience, and maybe their lives deserve to be applauded...

Obra Fatuma Punda 04

 

Author: Beatriz Suena | Translator: Celi Pecorelli

Sunday, 19 June 2016
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On Friday 17th I visited the Public School María Doña de Los Palacios, in Sevilla.

I visited 4th and 5th grade students to tell them my experience in Kenia, and specifically in Afrikable.

Last year, I was lucky to meet this great family that lives in Lamu Island, Kenia .It was one of the best experiences I ever had in my live and of course it changed forever the way I see things. This is how I understood the importance of sharing what I had learnt.

Ana charla cole 01

I started by telling them my experience in Masai Mara, since all kids love animals and are impressed by the possibilities of being near a free lion or elephant in Africa. We have lost the custom of knowing and living with wild animals, privilege that you have if you live in this amazing country.

Ana charla cole 02

Then, I told them about AFRIKABLE, how and why this great project was created. I showed them pictures of women working. They were impressed by the women’s dresses and handkerchiefs with thousands of colors perfectly combined, of their elegance and beauty.

They were impressed that the babies were there with their mothers. Here in Spain, we also lost the tradition of juggling work and taking care of the baby. Nevertheless, I told them that women help each other so they can work from 8am until 5pm and look after their children.

Ana charla cole 03

The also loved the school, very different from the Spanish school regarding infrastructure, but very much the same in content.

Ana charla cole 04

I did the same when I was on vacation with Afrikable, and spoke about Spain to the kids. I compared the kids’ interests in each city.

In Lamu Island, the kids asked about the food, the games, and the weather. But in Spain, the kids asked me if they had cellphones, tablets or computers.

Amazed, all of them listened to me for over an hour and a half and asked a lot of questions..

Ana charla cole 05

I don’t know if I was able to transmit my experience, but, as my coordinator Marta says, nothing happens on the outside, it happens on the inside.

I tried to transmit the joy, the everyday smile, the good morning greeting, the illusion of every activity that we did with them and the happiness that I came back with.

I hope that they got the message and that one way or another they will join this big family.

Asante Sana.

 

Author: Ana Fernández Quiroga | Translator: Celi Pecorelli

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ABOUT AFRIKABLE

Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.

 

In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.

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