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About me / About business or organisation:
I have a passion to grow as a highly successful social entrepreneur, a professional project planner/manager, international product development consultant and to write as well as design several books highlighting the challenges and success stories of the African craft producers and other development issues. I love nature and have climbed Mount Kenya (point lenana) and intend to climb Mount Kilimanjaro by February 2010.
Career history / Company history:
I have worked in advertising for over four years and there after development for the past three years and have trained and supported over 242 craft artisans (micro, small and medium entrepreneurs) and 90 university design students directly in product development, business organization, market access and assisting in accessing micro-credit/leasing. Currently have an emerging company called Pambe Creative a social enterprise. The word ‘Pambe’ was coined by myself and my business partner from the Swahili language and it means to ardorn or to beautify. Pambe Creatives’ mission is to sell contemporary, unique, quality and pleasurable home and fashion accessories inspired by Africa and produced in Africa.
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Hi Haggar, I'm planning a trip around Africa later this year to meet and work with fashion and/or craft producers as a sort of fact-finding mission before I eventually set up my own business. I have been working in production and product development for luxury fashion brands in the UK (currently Burberry) for the past 6 years and I am passionate about finding ways to increase production of fashion in Africa. My plan is to travel and spend some time working with a variety of projects/producers to see how we can all link-up and work together. Do you know of any great projects or suppliers worth visiting, or anyone who would appreciate some help for a few months? Many thanks, Nicola.
I noticed you're based in Kenya and through Pambe Creative you hope to sell products inspired by and produced in Africa. I would like to invite you to join the Africa group, where I (the group administrator), will contact youwith relevant info, upcoming events and so on. See you there :)
Hi Haggar, primarily Im looking for producers of woven/printed cotton cloth and from that producers of skirts, wraps, shirts, etc. Also fashion designers for the all-African fashion show in Cape Town next March.
If you look at the pics on my EFF profile you'll see the design for the Kenya cloth.