Meet the Makers of Bega Kwa Bega, a self-help group for single women providing social empowerment, skills training, and an opportunity to showcase their craft through ethical fashion brands
In the bustling city of Nairobi, Kenya, a group of determined women faced immense challenges as single parents struggling to provide for their children. In their desperate search for a better future, they turned to prostitution to make ends meet. However, their lives transformed when they joined Bega Kwa Bega. This self-help group gave them social empowerment through ethical fashion by getting skills training, and an opportunity to showcase their craft.
Today we highlight the inspiring journey of Karen Achien'g Anyango and the incredible work of Bega Kwa Bega, a valid symbol of sustainable and ethical fashion.
Empowerment Through Skill Development
Karen Achien'g Anyango, a resilient member of Bega Kwa Bega, shares her powerful story of transformation. This self-help group empowered her with batik, tie-dye, weaving, and beadwork skills. The group became a platform for these women to regain control over their lives, fostering a sense of pride and independence. Through training and mentorship, they honed their craftsmanship, transforming their creativity into tangible art forms.
Craftsmanship Showcased Abroad
One of the most empowering aspects of Bega Kwa Bega is the opportunity for these talented artisans to have their work showcased and sold abroad. Their unique creations reach global audiences through partnerships and collaborations, allowing the world to appreciate the beauty and skill invested in each piece. By purchasing these ethically crafted items, individuals become part of a powerful movement, supporting the livelihoods of these women and contributing to sustainable fashion practices.
The Value of Knowing the Makers
Karen Achien'g Anyango emphasizes the significance of knowing the stories behind the products we own. She believes that when we understand the journey and resilience of the artisans who create these pieces, we find far more value in the items themselves. The connection between the maker and the wearer becomes a meaningful bond, transcending material possessions and celebrating the human spirit.
Bega Kwa Bega: A Beacon of Hope
The Bega Kwa Bega Self-Help Group represents a shining example of how ethical fashion can change lives and uplift communities. By empowering women with skills and providing them with a platform to showcase their craftsmanship, Bega Kwa Bega promotes economic independence, self-esteem, and social empowerment. Their work challenges the prevailing narrative and proves that beauty and strength can arise from the most challenging circumstances.
Karen Achien'g Anyango's journey and the inspiring work of Bega Kwa Bega exemplify the power of sustainable and ethical fashion. These women have transformed their lives, transcending adversity and embracing their creative potential. By supporting Bega Kwa Bega and other similar initiatives, we contribute to a world where fashion catalyzes positive change, empowering individuals and uplifting communities.
About Artisan Fashion:
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"We emphasize the potential and importance of capacity-building frameworks for trade opportunities on behalf of marginalized communities. Through the enhancement of artisanal creativity and production capacity, we create employment opportunities and economic development" from Artisanfashion.com
About Ethical Fashion Initiative:
Explore the Ethical Fashion Initiative's partners around the world:
"The Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) is a flagship program of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. EFI reduces global poverty by linking micro-producers and artisans to the international supply chain of fashion, facilitating dignified work at a fair wage. EFI supports local creativity, female employment and empowerment, and gender equality. EFI collaborates with creative social enterprises such as GIE CABES in Burkina Faso and Mali, Artisan.Fashion in Kenya, D.O.T in Haiti, Kangaroo in Ethiopia... EFI partner brands include Vivienne Westwood, EDUN, MIMCO, Stella Mc Cartney, Brother Vellies, United Arrows among others." from Ethicalfashioninititative.com
To hear from the founder of Ethical Fashion Initiative, watch and listen in on IFD's conversation with Simone Cipriani from our Ethical Fashion Festival
To learn about brands working with Artisan Fashion, check out a few of Ethical Fashion Initiatives' partner brands. By shopping and other ethical brands, you are supporting the makers behind the products and their livelihoods.
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