What's even better than charity? Giving good, steady work to people who need it. Giving a leg up and a livelihood to people who are bettering their lives and making a difference in their communities. This is what it means to relieve poverty in a truly sustainable way.
You have already made a difference, simply by buying with your heart. Clothes by Indigenous aren't just stylish. They're also made with respect for the people who make them, and for the planet we all share.
You respect the rights of indigenous cultures. You give value to their unique ways of seeing the world, and their right to live they way they wish. So do we.
INDIGENOUS is excited to introduce the Shipibo Bag. Each is a work of art, supporting the Shipibo women of the Amazon, allowing them to continue their traditional art and way of life.
Thanks to all who came out to support Ethical Fashion while winning prizes and supporting RSF Social Finance! The evet at Cavallo Point Mercantile was a stunning success.
Cavallo Point – August 22, 2014:
It only takes one look to know that Cavallo Point is an extraordinary place. The warm ambiance and charmed location make Cavallo Point Mercantile the perfect place to shop for elegant, sustainably made clothing, jewelry and accessories. Join us there on August 22nd to celebrate an innovative partnership. You’re invited to preview the future of fashion with CAVALLO POINT MERCANTILE, INDIGENOUS AND RSF SOCIAL FINANCE.
This Mother's Day, we'll reward one lucky person with a shopping spree at INDIGENOUS and HOVEY LEE. Enter to win for your wonderful self... or for the Mother who gave you all her love.
Here's what you'll WIN:
$100 for INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion.
$100 for Hovey Lee sustainable jewelry.
There are many steps to the top of the mountain. The vision and business path that Matt and I chose with INDIGENOUS has not always been an easy one, but we have met extraordinary people and organizations on our journey. When pioneering and scaling a fair trade & organic supply chain at the Base Of the Pyramid (BOP) financing becomes particularly challenging.
With the help of social impact investment leaders like Josh Mailman we began to look for a consistent way to finance the fair trade and organic supply chain we had built. Around 2001 our management team began working with The Barred Rock Fund and Rudolf Steiner Foundation (RSF) on financial modeling and purchase order financing.
In 2004 we engaged with Willy Foote and his amazing Root Capital team to pilot them into the handicraft and textile sector. Root Capital (RC) is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training for small and growing businesses creating positive impact in the BOP. Root Capital was a crucial element in helping us to financially scale our fair trade artisan supply chain. RC continues to lend capital, while delivering financial literacy within our supply chain partners today. Although Root Capital has continued to be a corner stone to scaling our Artisan production model, we have continued on our journey to expand and experiment with other financial partners.
A NEW PARTNERSHIP
INDIGENOUS is excited to announce that we have become a Kiva field partner—a distributor of microfinance loans raised through Kiva.org. With each of our first three artisans seeking loans already completely funded, we are confident that this breakthrough partnership will serve to improve the lives of artisans and their communities.
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals (like you) lend as little as $25 to help create viable opportunity around the world.
Kiva and INDIGENOUS envision a world where all people— even in the most remote areas of the globe —hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.
So far, 3 of INDIGENOUS’ artisan knitters have pursued funding through Kiva. Below you can read about Ana, Noda, and Antonio, whose loans have completely funded in less than a week! Each one of them is using hard work and entrepreneurship to improve their own life, the lives of their families, and to make a difference in their community.
I’m also very proud to say that my daughter Madison was instrumental in helping put together these first three pilot programs during her internship in Peru.
The INDIGENOUS crew wore their organic + fair trade fashion #INSIDEOUT to celebrate Fashion Revolution Day and mark the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh.
We will never forget.
On April 24th of last year, the ugly reality behind fast fashion was brought into the living rooms of everyday people around the world. Rana Plaza—a massive garment factory complex in Bangladesh—had collapsed into a heap of rubble, killing over 1,000 people (mostly young women), and injuring over 2,500. The truth could no longer be ignored. Accompanying the storm of haunting images of the wreckage and victims were the real stories of Bangladeshi garment factory workers—their horrid working conditions and near slavery status. We must continue to ask ourselves: what is the true cost of fast fashion?
On 24th April last year, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in fashion supply chains continue.
Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough.
INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion sponsored Fashion Revolution Day's first ever #INSIDEOUT photo contest, and the results are in.