Passion for Sustainability
Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aims to create job opportunities and additional income outside the company, while keeping important networks of artisans working for the company on full time contracts or monthly incomes.
The company seeks to invest in such communities in East Africa training people in new skills to enhance their livelihoods and contribute positively to the local and global community. Projects have been started in Kenya and others ongoing in Uganda, involving members of our team traveling outside Nairobi to meet with and teach people tailoring skills for bag production. Products are sold in our outlets and profits fed back into the local communities they were made in.
We have worked with UNHCR Australia since the end of 2013. The project involves working with refugees in the Kakuma camp to produce keyrings for UNHCR donors. We train people in Kakuma to produce the pieces to earn money usually to educate their families.
Dadaab & Kakuma only grow crops or keep livestock so have no means of earning a living, resulting in a dependence on donations from external donors. Inspired after seeing our early collections of bags made from recycled rice sacks and cement bags, Mairo Retief (a Lutheran World Foundation coordinator) contacted us about collaborating with residents at Kakuma (a part of Dadaab home to approx. 85,000 refugees) and training them to make bags from donated food sacks which they could then sell. Our tailors and Production manager have travelled to Kakuma to train the residents and equip them with new skills to earn a living. We plan to continue this collaboration.