WOMEN'S SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

The social and economic empowerment of women is Afrikable's main objective. We see it not only as a means of achieving gender equality in itself, but also as a fundamental tool necessary for the overall economic development of developing countries.

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FAIR
TRADE

Fair trade is a tool for global cooperation and justice, a sustainable development strategy…

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CHILD
DEVELOPMENT

Promoting overall child development is another of Afrikable’s key objective.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Through our Lamu Recycling Solution Project, we do environmental protection work…

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VOLUNTEERING AND AWARENESS

At Afrikable we are committed to volunteering as an essential factor for creating real change in society. How about joining us?

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Afrikable: #WeAreFairTrade

Afrikable: #WeAreFairTrade

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 opportuniti... Leer Más

We want us alive. We want us free. March 8

We want us alive. We want us free. March 8

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 o... Leer Más

Everyone is Different, Everyone is Equal

Everyone is Different, Everyone is Equal

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... Leer Más

Saedi’s testimony and Female Genital Mutilation

Saedi’s testimony and Female Genital Mutilation

A few months ago we were lucky enough to share special moments with a very special girl. Saedi came to Lamu to do her internship at Afrikable. Saedi is, above all, a brave woman who is bursting wit... Leer Más

David’s testimony

David’s testimony

"It’s been over 50 days since I returned from what was the best experience of my life. I find it very difficult to explain to my friends, colleagues, family, how the experience went when they ask me ‘... Leer Más

Maitane’s testimony

Maitane’s testimony

"I can finally say that I officially belong to the group of people affected by ‘Africa’s ills’. Far from being an illness, it is an emotional state that those of us who have visited the continent and ... Leer Más

New Afrikable catalogue… a catalogue of stories, empowerment, self-improvement and effort

New Afrikable catalogue… a catalogue of stories, empowerment, self-improvement a…

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... Leer Más

Alejandro’s testimony, winner of the Volunteer Holidays Kenya 2017 raffle

Alejandro’s testimony, winner of the Volunteer Holidays Kenya 2017 raffle

And we won!!! We thought we had won a volunteer holiday during which we were going to Lamu to help people in need through our “western and developed” contribution, but just stepping on the island mad... Leer Más

Hooked to this group of brave women

Hooked to this group of brave women

7 years ago, during our first trip to Lamu, Kenya, we met Lola Serra and Merche Cascajero. We were following the project they had recently launched: AFRIKABLE. It gathered a group of 10 women of dif... Leer Más

Ending the circle of needs from social design

Ending the circle of needs from social design

Once we saw the opportunity to set up this project together with Afrikable we did not hesitate. Almost in unison Amparo Balbastre, Carmen Gujarro and I thought that this was another one of those chall... Leer Más

Afrikable is stuck on my heart

Afrikable is stuck on my heart

I’ve been collaborating with them since I found out about the NGO when I was at university thanks to a Free Design Bank collaborative project between designers and different organizations from develop... Leer Más

When dreams come true

When dreams come true

I still remember that day at the library when Carmen Guijarro called us to tell us the news... It has been granted!!!... We did it!!!... Finally the women’s workshop would be a reality!!! My cries of... Leer Más

Afrikable - Cooperation for Africa's Development

At Afrikable, Fair Trade is a key tool for the Economic Empowerment of Women.

Fair Trade is a tool for global cooperation and justice, a sustainable development strategy that creates opportunities for small producer groups who are usually at a disadvantage in relation to the traditional rules of international trade.

We follow the standards set by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), including providing decent wages, preventing child exploitation, providing an environmentally friendly working environment and guaranteeing the rights of female workers.

Fair trade organisations are governed by the following principles:

  • Creating opportunities for producers at an economic disadvantage in conventional trade.
  • Payment of a living wage and a fair price.
  • Non-discrimination and freedom of association.
  • No child exploitation.
  • Capacity building in order to achieve producers' independence.
  • Environmental protection and application of responsible means of production.
  • Transparency and accountability.
  • Promotion of fair trade.
  • Safe and healthy working conditions.
  • Long-term business relationships based on solidarity, trust and respect.

In addition, Afrikable’s female workers receive other social benefits such as training, literacy classes, education for their children, scholarships for adults, a dining area and other services such as medical care and access to drinking water.

Don’t forget to visit our Afrikable and Fair Trade standards section to know how we apply them in our daily activity development.

Our producer groups

The Jimudu Women Group, which in Swahili means ‘group of self-sufficient women’, is one of Afrikable’s three producer groups. It is currently made up of ten women working in textiles. They mainly make fashion accessories and household linen.

When the project began, none of them knew how to use a sewing machine. But following a period of free training, during which they were also paid a decent wage, they are now able to produce high-quality textiles.

The Lamu Recycling Solution Women Group, is a group of six women who recycle waste materials into fashion accessories and household items.

They are a group of women living in extreme poverty, whose livelihood before joining the project was cutting trees for firewood and charcoal. The LRS project offers both decent employment and alternative work that protects the environment and prevents deforestation.

The Maasai Women Group, composed of five women, is still growing. They make traditional Maasai jewellery and gift items.

These women belong to the tribe in which, out of all those with whom we work, women's rights are under the greatest threat. At Afrikable they are learning to read and write and to know their rights, while respecting their culture.

Viatu Project Women Group

Viatu Project Women Group, composed of ten women, is a newly formed group. They make high quality sandals and fashion accessories totally by hand. In high production moments, all women cooperate in manufacturing the sandals. Along with timely recruitments, they work together to benefit 50 women.

Many of this women, mostly from the region of Malindi, had already been working embroidering embellishments on sandals, but the working conditions were extremely precarious then. In Afrikable, their work guarantees them employment contracts, social security, holidays and weekends off. They receive a fixed salary and an extra pay according to the manufactured products, whose price is considerably higher than the traditional market price. Besides, in Afrikable they receive continuous training and they learn the entire process of shoe assembly (a men´s job in traditional labour market). This allows them to increase their future job opportunities.

Our materials

Textile materials

Our products are made with traditional local raw materials from the Swahili Coast:

Kikoys are the traditional dress of Swahili men, in plain bright colours or multi-coloured stripes in 100% cotton. Available in greens, blues, reds, purples, yellows, fuchsias, white, etc.

Women wear kangas in countless different ways, not just as a skirt or scarf, but also to carry babies on their backs or as cots, towels, etc. They are made with boldly printed 100% cotton fabric.

Maasai materials

Maasai women are extremely curious and imaginative. Highly creative, this is reflected in the colourful products they make, with no two ever the same. Our products are entirely handmade, with each bead individually set.

Colours carry special meanings for the Maasai. Red and black are colours reserved for men, and orange and light blue for women. Green is the colour of the fields, and yellow of the harvest. Blue is the colour of the sky and white represents peace among the tribes.

Recycled materials

Recycled materials used in our Lamu Recycling Solution Project are mainly derived from plastic bottles and bags. We also use bottle caps and fabric scraps, as well as broken pottery and various other waste materials.

materiales para el calzado

Materials to make the shoes

In Viatu Project shoe workshop traditional materials are used: cow leather for the sole and the top and goat leather for the lining. Decoration is made with the same pebbles or coloured beads used by the maasai comunity.

TESTIMONIES

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“When I see Mariamu reading text messages on her mobile, or Maka returning from school in his uniform, comfortable in his own skin, or when we visit the house under construction, or when I see the satisfaction on Mwanaisha’s face, it makes me aware that change is possible, and then all the effort is...

Lola Serra: Founding member of Afrikable

I just can't forget the women on the project, their children, their stories… I have so many memories! Khadija and Lizian learning to do calculations in Excel, Amina going without eating in order to practise on the sewing machine, Mahmoud gulping at his baby bottle…

Pilar Gómez: 2010 Holidaymaker

My name is Simaloi but my family call me Yeyo, which in Masai for mum. I am 11 years old and my mum has been working for Afrikable for two years. Previously, I lived in Amboseli. I got up at 5 am and waited for my mum to make breakfast if there was food left over from the previous day, then…

Yeyo Thomas

"My life has improved a lot since I started working for Afrikable. I can now send money home regularly and my daughter is studying in the 3rd grade”.

Khadija Hassan: Head of the Fair Trade shop in Lamu, Kenya

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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.

WHERE ARE WE

  • Lamu, Kenia.
    Madrid, Spain
  • +34 605 722 162