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

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

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

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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

Through our Lamu Recycling Solution Project, we do environmental protection work by raising the population's awareness of the problems experienced by the island and produce a range of recycled products that meet Fair Trade standards.


A clean and safe environment is a right, not a privilege. Environmental degradation is perhaps the most obvious problem in Lamu. Rubbish has accumulated in many parts of the island. This litter is a breeding ground for many diseases, skin infections, mosquito breeding, etc. Many factors are behind this problem: lack of awareness amongst the population, poor infrastructure, lack of public budget, etc.

In Afrikable's schools, the environment forms part of the curriculum as a learning objective. It is about getting to understand their immediate environment and, through observation and critical debate, forming conclusions about how they might act as individuals and a group to improve their environment.

They take part in awareness activities, separate waste, work together to collect rubbish in their play area, draw their play area before and after the rubbish has been picked up, take part in discussions, compare places that are clean and well kept with others which are not, and so on.

lamu-recycling-sun-rope womenIn 2010, the fair trade program was extended with the Lamu Recycling Solution Project, where the main course of action continues to be promoting employment and improving the lives of women at risk of social exclusion.

The LRS Project consists of a group of women living in extreme poverty. Belonging to the Orma tribe, they have been displaced from the interior and come to Lamu to escape poverty. In Lamu, they usually live on private farms where the owners let them build their traditional ‘bandas’. These are made out of palm leaves, measure around 10 m², and the entire family of around 6 to 8 people lives there. They have no bath, shower, running water or electricity. Their average income ranges from €0 to €0.80 per family per day.

products processingRecycled products are made from material collected from the streets and the beach: plastic bags, used oil, bottle caps, plastic bottles, broken pottery, wood from old boats, etc. We produce soap from used oil, crochet bags from plastic bags, and rope, also from plastic bags, which is then made into baskets, mats, hammocks, etc. We also make handbags and accessories from plastic bottles, jewellery from broken pottery, etc.

To find out more about our recycled products, click here to download our


Or visit our online shop/recycling section.

Environmental protection in Spain

Aceite Solidario

Solidary Oil

We have recently signed a partnership agreement with RastroSolidario to collect used oil of plant origin in Spain and for its subsequent treatment, mainly set aside for Biodiesel production. Accordingly, the greenhouse gas emission (facing its oil-based equivalent) is reduced to a 50%. In addition, it does not contain sulphates, which are responsible for acid rain.

To download the complete presentation of this new initiative click here:.

pdf-iconAfrikable’s Solidary Oil Presentation

You can make your company a Socially Responsible Company by DONATING YOUR USED OIL!


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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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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.


  • Lamu, Kenia.
    Madrid, Spain
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