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AFRIKABLE AND FAIR TRADE STANDARDS

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At Afrikable we follow the standards from the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), providing living wages, avoiding child exploitation, offering an environmentally friendly working atmosphere and guaranteeing the rights of female workers, among other things.

1. Creating opportunities for producers at an economic disadvantage in conventional trade.

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In the past, women that now are part of Afrikable had no access to the labour market for various reasons such as: the lack of education, the patriarchal system in which they live that leaves them in a second place, the childcare, the poverty, etc. With Afrikable, women like Fatuma or Khadija have had the opportunity to obtain a decent work and start being the ruler of their own lives, having to train themselves and start being self-sufficient.

2. Payment of a living wage and a fair price: conversation and participation.

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This price must guarantee the production costs and a profit margin for the producer. A part of it is used to improve the living conditions of the community in the form of social benefits.

The minimum wage in the area of Lamu is 6000 Ksh (60 € approx.). At Afrikable, we calculate everyone’s wages in order for them to earn the double of the minimum wage of the area. In addition to the wage, every woman receives a variety of benefits including training, literacy classes, primary education for their children, study grants for the elders, dining room assistance and other facilities such as medical assistance and access to clean drinking water. We also have a microfinance program from which all women of the project can benefit. Rukija Bakari, one of the beneficiaries of the project tells us her experience.

3. Non-discrimination, gender equity and freedom of association.

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Afrikable does not discriminate in hiring, remuneration, access to capacitation, promotion or termination on grounds of race, tribe, origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, health, status or age. Women from different religions (Christian and Muslim) work in this project. They come also from different tribes (Swahili, Orma, Pokomo, Giriama, Kikuyu, Luo, etc.) and between the ages of 18 and 65, like Mama Madina.

By hiring women whenever possible, we promote positive discrimination to the woman, these representing more than 90% of the staff. The percentage is increasing in the leadership roles.

All women in the project have freedom of association, as did women who got in the textile mill at the beginning. They associated under the name Jimudu Women Group, which in Swahili means Group of women that are self-sufficient.

4. No child exploitation or forced labour.

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In Afrikable nor child exploitation nor forced labour have place since no child works in our workshops. Some of the boys and the girls who benefit from the project used to work before taking part in it. They collaborated in the family economy, as is the case of Maka or Betty. Afrikable brings working opportunities to mothers so the boys and the girls can attend school and still be children.

5. Capacity building in order to achieve producers’ independence.

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From the beginning, one of Afrikable’s main purposes within the Fair Trade field has been the capacity building. The staff selection to participate in the project is done according to the socioeconomic situation of the woman, being a priority all women at risk of social exclusion and/or extreme poverty and not according to their abilities or capacities, which will be strengthen in the project with continuous professional development.

In Afrikable, women receive training in different workshops: production, literacy, computer and languages classes, as well as management training for those who are already prepared. You can see the different producer groups’ work here.

6. Environmental protection.

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Environmental protection is one of the 4 major areas of Afrikable’s operation.

There is a serious environmental problem in Lamu regarding garbage and waste treatment. Through our Lamu Recycling Solution Project, we work for environmental protection making the local population more aware of the problems existing in the island and elaborating a line of recycled products that accomplish Fair Trade standards. Recycled products are derived from pick-up materials taken from the trash and the beach: plastic bottles and bags, bottle caps, fabric scraps, broken pottery, etc. You can see our work in LRS in this video puedes ver nuestro trabajo en LRS.

The boys and the girls from the nursery school also use recycled material in the workshops. In Afrikable we also maximise the use of local raw materials, avoiding needless transport, and we use artisanal production technologies whose power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions is practically zero.

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.

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7. Transparency and accountability.

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Afrikable is transparent about their policy and business relations. It is responsible towards its stakeholders and respects the sensitivity and confidentiality of the business information that is given to it.

Project beneficiaries are involved in the decision-making process about the organization and are informed about everything. Our communication channels are good and open to all levels.

8. Fair Trade promotion.

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It is essential for Afrikable to raise awareness about Fair Trade and the necessity to bring greater justice to world trade. For this reason, it spreads the organization and its producers groups’ work, as well as the Fair Trade standards by using all the information channels available: explanatory posters in different shops (Kenya and Spain), promotion via its website and social networks, participation in news media, chats in schools and in enterprises, sales and awareness activities (flea markets, etc.).

All participants in the Volunteer Holidays program must do a mandatory course in which we talk about Fair Trade as a main topic. Besides learning basic notions of Fair Trade, they also work in role-play situations so they can understand better the situation that small producers in the south live with their negotiations.

9. Safe and healthy working conditions.

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Beneficiaries from Afrikable are able to enjoy working hours, weekly rests, holidays and maternity leaves that improve the conditions established by the Kenyan law. In Afrikable, we are aware of health conditions, hygiene and sanitation and we promote training about those topics in our think tanks.

Afrikable wants to improve the beneficiaries’ working environment and, for this, it has acquired a territory to build a working centre appropriate to the project’s necessities. For this, it was inevitable going through different rental houses where the space was not enough to increase the staff members of the project. Because of this, we are looking for funding, and, for the moment we have already been able to build the modules of School, Dining room and Volunteer Holidays. Currently, women occupy the dining room, which is the bigger place, pending the financing for the workplace.

10. Long-term business relationships concerned about the welfare of the people.

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All the important decisions are agreed with women in Afrikable; they even approve the given microcredits. We are concerned about social, economic and environmental welfare of producer groups. The profits are, under no circumstances, maximised at the expense of the producer groups and, in case of necessity of the workers, they can be paid in advance or the microcredit return can also be postponed.

Afrikable recognises, promotes and protects the cultural identity and traditional skills of our producer groups as reflected in the craft design of our products.

Translator: Paula Aparicio

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
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