Like-minded people | Business and International Development


Like-minded people | Business and International Development

A group to explore some of the wider issues and trends in the world of business and international development.

Location: Global
Members: 188
Latest Activity: Nov 24, 2014


This group is for pioneers in the world of ethical fashion who would like to learn more about, and contribute to, some of the wider debates that are happening around the role of business in fighting poverty.

Across the world, businesses - large and small - as well as governments and aid agencies are reassessing how to harness the power of business for development impact. This is driven by a realisation that giving people the opportunity to get a job or grow a business is the best, most sustainable way to end poverty.

Below are some links to resources that you might find useful. These are hosted on Business Fights Poverty, a partner site to the Ethical Fashion Forum. We will regularly post blogs and discussions here, and would encourage you to do the same!

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Comment by maxine knight on November 24, 2014 at 12:39

So...between nappy changes and stock ordering I have finally made it! THE WEBSITE IS NOW LIVE!!!!! Thank you to all that have supported me during this exciting, yet scary time. Please feel free to have a look. I welcome any feedback for improving the site. I currently have 4 metre of each fabric but will be building my stock supplies as I go. xxxx

Comment by Andrea Kolb on October 21, 2014 at 13:36

We are starting a unique grant program for international designers end of november - check it out here

spread the word, support the campaign and become part of a unique adventure!! 

Comment by chaitanya arora on May 11, 2014 at 7:01

Hi There...

I would be in London from 21-22 May ..Anyone interested in organic fabrics..get in touch...stockist and wholesaler from India 10 years selling beautiful organic fabrics..

would be carrying all swatches and samples for review...

I would love to meet anyone interested in buying organic fabrics or wants to discuss eco fashion...mail me on


Comment by Jena Laske on February 8, 2012 at 18:23

Hi, I'll be traveling to Mumbai in June-July. Looking for small fabric and clothing manufacture. Very interested in cotton print with lurex (see sample photos on my page). Please email me with info on fabric sourcing and garment manufacturing. Would L O V E to have the fabric/manufacturing in the same place! email:

Comment by Margaret Kadi on February 6, 2012 at 12:24

Hi there,

I own an ethical fashion accessories line called 'Project Sierra Leone and we are currently looking for stockists for our handmade bags, placemats etc.  We work with artisans in Sierra Leone (mostly women) who make all our products for us. Please have a look at our website and see a selection of our products at

Please send me an email at if you are interested in stocking our goods or if you know any retailers/shops that may be interested.

Many Thanks!

Comment by Nicola Thornley on June 16, 2011 at 14:31

Hi all.


I'm working with a couple of new projects which are looking for producers who are able to produce high-quality products in collaboration with high-end designers. 


Designs and product development assistance will be provided, but suppliers must be able to produce to a high quality.


Products can be clothes, accessories or trims. 


Producers should have an ethical/environmental focus: i.e. fairtrade, sustainable development, women empowerment, craft preservation, using environmentally friendly materials, etc.


We will be visiting suppliers in the next few months so please get in touch asap!


If you are interested or want to know more, please contact me:

Comment by Fuel4Fashion on April 20, 2011 at 15:59

Hello All ,

I'm a fashion designer & consultant working with global clients especially helping start up labels from concept to completion. Currently I'm helping a Non Profit Organization,a rural women enterprise in North India to market their products in apparels with 35 types of hand embroidery and hand made jewelery made from wooden beads, glass beads, shell and ceramic beads. We are looking for bulk buyers/wholesalers and retailers for our products. Can anyone point me towards any possible leads ? You can contact me at

Thanks so much !

Comment by Ishwari Vijay Thopte on March 24, 2011 at 17:21

Hi All,


I'm looking for ethical and fair-trade manufacturers and suppliers interested in expanding their business in the far east by participating in the Blueprint trade fair in Singapore this summer. This is an exciting opportunity as I have a lot of eastern designer's who are interested in outsourcing to green factories in South East Asia. Can the interested parties please mail me on asap?



Comment by shailini sheth amin on February 25, 2011 at 21:06

'MORALFIBRE - We are very pleased to let you know that recently we received a funding from the Indian Govt. Textiles for ‘Integrated Skill Development Programme’ for skill upgradation of 5000 artisans in hand spinning, weaving and processing in Gujarat, India.  This is a 5 years programme and we are of course, very excited about it.  This will give us an opportunity to develop even superior fabrics and contribute to increasing earning power of the artisans. 


'MORALFIBRE frees the environment from pollution and depletion and frees people from poverty.'


For our large range of  'Almost Carbon Neutral' fabrics, furnishings and feel well fashions please contact us.  We have cottons, silks and wool.  We are looking for buyers and agents worldwide.  please contact us on,
Comment by Moira F. Studio on August 13, 2010 at 20:56
I'm Italian and passionate about global and development issues. I think it's important that we are grateful for what we currently have and that we continue improving the quality of people's lives...also in the poorest countries of the world. I’m freelance pattern & dress-maker with a considerable experience in teaching, but it has long been my intention to follow a career as trainer in the developed countries. This lead me enrolling at ASVI school of management for social change in Rome where I’m following the Master in Project Manager of NGOs. The Master will conclude in the coming months and it is giving me a considerable insight into the sector and as well as tool and practical knowledge to get a first foot the first on the ladder. Research for my dissertation examining “ Ethical Fashion in Palestine” has been a great opportunity to increase my understanding in this field. I’ve only carried out a feasibility study on this project, but it has been a great experience, and I would be delighted if one day this dream comes true. The basic goal of this project is to reduce unemployment levels of Palestinian women in the traditional textile sector, designing a special assistance programs using the potential offered by “ETHICAL FASHION”. In particular the project aims to upgrade some existing local skills in the cultural Palestinian heritage, and at the same time to trig a series of action in the field of marketing and quality controls to bring their products to the market. This is not a easy task, and should be looked at as an evolving process that should have specific strategy. The investigation I have done has been detected a extreme fragility of the Palestinian textile production system, due to an economic dependence on Israel, and the inability to make new modern proposals. In order to find potential channels in the international market, I’ve chosen to focus the project on three main levers Protection of Palestinian handicrafts traditions, innovative vocational training programs, and modern marketing approach strategy. Regarding this I’ve already contacted local associations who have begun to take steps in Ethical fashion field, and this shed some new lights on this issue because – although the high number of problem they are facing – there has always been an active and dynamic forces within this Palestinian producing sector: young human resources, growing index of production , strong interest in open their economy in the Mediterranean area. In order to make this project possible, I need to develop new collaborative relationship. In Italy “ethical fashion” movement is still young and it does not have a efficient and organized network . Fair Trade is a slow process…and I’m still on the journey For this reason is important for me to build a very valuable network of forward thinking individuals who can help me to explore potential products, concepts, choices, and initiatives that will translate this project into effective operational plans. Thanks you all beforehand for any advice, idea, and inspiration you kind enough to furnish me.
All the best! Moira

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