Mayamiko Trust is a registered UK charity working to help people lift themselves out of poverty through skills training, education, nutrition, sanitation and fairer trade practices.
Mayamiko’s vision is to supply UK and worldwide wholesalers and retailers with high-quality, ethically produced African-made fashion and homeware.
The trust has created an ethical production unit in Malawi where they train underprivileged women in sewing and tailoring. Many of their trainees, especially women, are victims or care for orphans of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
As part of their long-term vision, Mayamiko is working to establish sustainable sewing and knitting training schools. They wish to create orders for the highly trained graduates to make fashion for the export market, while supporting the threatened cotton industry in Malawi.
Their first range of childrenswear, homeware and accessories made in Malawi was designed in collaboration with Soko Kenya (www.soko-kenya.com) - the eco and ethical production unit founded by fashion label Lalesso. All garments are made in colourful cotton prints called 'zitenje'. Buttons and embellishments are made by local artisans with reclaimed wood and other recycled materials.
The trust uses ethical labour standards, and works towards the World Fair Trade Organisation’s 10 Standards of Fair Trade. As well as training, they provide meals, bicycles, childcare for the trainees and graduates.
If you would be interested in working in collaboration with Mayamiko, please do visit their website (http://mayamiko.org/
) and get in touch to discuss!
photography Antonina Mamzenko (www.antoninaphotography.co.uk