*|MC_PREVIEW_TEX Six years ago, after seeing the positive impact of providing employment for women through our crochet hats, we began to create work for the men in community too. Starting with one man at home, teaching him how to carefully measure and cut leather to make bracelets, the leather work in DECE began. With determination and dedication the leather products developed and grew into belts, wallets, laptop cases and bags. One man in a small home workshop became 2 men walking down to our hub, then 3, then 4 and now we have a thriving leather hub. As you have seen over these summer months the apprentice program is up and running, men are investing in men. Trade and skills are being handed down, empowerment is birthing empowerment. DECE artisans take pride in their work, crafting leather products each day, making sure the hand stitching is perfectly spaced and that the handcrafted fastenings fit each product exactly. These men have begun to dream up [...]
We believe that making a difference in the world includes being conscious about all the decisions we make. As artisans are enabled and empowered, we want to make choices that also look after our environment. This is why we choose to only use fabric that has GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) to make our hats and fabric bags. A product made with GOTS fabric is organically produced and ensures the process is fair to those who create it. It means there is accountability and sustainability attached to the process. It means that respect for the environment and people have been at the forefront of each step. We know it is important to you all that each product you invest in is produced in a way that has positive environmental and ethical choices throughout its entire process. That is why all our suppliers are vetted and each of our fabrics come with certifications so that you can buy beautiful products without compromising your ecological footprint. Doing good [...]
Hot running water, automatic washing machines, new ovens and beautiful tiles. This summer we have watched as some of our artisans have transformed their family homes. One of the things we have witnessed among our DECE artisans is that as you provide someone with employment they begin a journey of empowerment. And as they become empowered at work, their dreams for their families and home grow. A steady income releases stress, giving space to dream of the future and begin to save money to make those dreams a reality. This summer one of our leather artisans and his family have done just that! Before the renovation Now with hot water flowing into their home, a new automatic washing machine and a new kitchen fitted, it is so exciting to see this family flourish. This is empowerment.