Just one dress - that's all you need!
Like any great love story, they knew at first sight. Sandra wore the dress to a wedding where Ashleigh spotted it and immediately thought: twende kazi (let's get to work)!
"We firmly believe that sustainable economies develop from businesses that operate fairly and ethically and create products that people want. Having spent a combined eight years in Nairobi, we've seen how much both corruption and aid can distort markets, resulting in wasted resources and unsustainable livelihoods. We hope that by paying fair wages, sourcing locally, and making a product that our customers truly love, we will be helping to support a long-term, sustainable economy in Kenya."
By sourcing from East Africa-based manufacturers, they hope to contribute to the regeneration of a local industry, helping to create jobs and opportunities that have all but disappeared.
Who makes Zuri clothes?
Zuri's ethical and sustainable partner SOKO is focused on creating sustainable livelihoods and an alternative to prostitution and poaching in a region of Kenya with the country's highest rates of unemployment. Beyond providing jobs, SOKO regularly implements outreach in the neighboring community. One program is a Stitching School and Hub where women learn how to sew and can access the resources to become entrepreneurs.
SOKO has a strong focus on women's empowerment, providing free childcare during work hours and a program for women to make and sell re-usable sanitary pads.
To learn more about SOKO, follow the link here.