As the corona virus started, I actually panicked because it was barely 6 months after we restructured the Joadre fashion project to make it become independent of our Austrian company. We finished our intensive 3 year training that started in 2016. We supported many tailors to start their businesses because we still wanted to maintain the social impact we already created. Then a shutdown of the world hit our tailors hard. What would we do? I panicked!
It was time to work out new strategies. My “Why” remains unchanged. I want to support African SMEs to build their businesses, to become independent of charity, to build the life that they love. But how can I do it within the shutdown. Thank god for digital technology. Even though most of our work had been done digitally, this time, we had to step up the game. We began to design patterns and more produce training videos for our network.
Taiwo pioneers slow fashion in Nigeria. She empowers me.
An amazing lady that joined Joadre far back in 2014 is Taiwo Mayokun. Taiwo is an excellent tailor. But what amazes me about Taiwo is that she is very entrepreneurial. While she worked at Joadre production training facility in Nigeria, she began to save money from the salary she earned. Taiwo’s boyfriend was also a tailor. Both of them joined the capital they saved to start their own small production business after a couple of years with us. Since then, we have worked with Taiwo on several collections. Taiwo’s story empowers me. She empowers more apprentice learning at her production now. Is that not amazing? Watch out as we release a mini documentary on Taiwo’s work. Subscribe to my Youtube Channel and newsletter not to miss out.
We are launching Taiwo’s new Hair scrunchies
3 different scrunchy designs and over 8 different colorful fabrics. It was a fast and an unbelievable process partnering with Taiwo’s small business. So this is how it works. After we conclude a design, I develop the patterns. I sent out the sketch to our network of over 65 producers. Some took over 2 week to open up the file. Taiwo took a couple of minutes and in 2 days she had made a sample. That is someone with entrepreneurial spirit. Within weeks she had received the contract from me and could now begin to produce her collection. My partnership with Taiwo is to market this collection. The profits go back into investing in our entrepreneurial system.
Exciting right? Well join our mission!
Share our journey and listen to my new podcast where I will share more about this social impact business experience with you. Maybe you too can start your own social business project. You can choose to uplift your fashion wardrobe with one of Taiwo’s scrunchies because it is time to make sustainable and fair fashion the normality.
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