City/Area Group | AFRICA


City/Area Group | AFRICA

This is a group created in order to foster community spirit and development within those interested in furthering the ethical fashion movement and who realize, and are, harnessing the potential we all know Africa indeed has!

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Comment by Sarah Moa Gilbert on March 8, 2011 at 15:01

Dear Nicola


In Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou there is a center named Village Artisanal, wich includes many handcraft/artists, a good address to go and make contacts. But I am sure, you read about it yet.


Then I just read about the cotton factory and other textile factorys in Koudougou 75 km from Ouagadougou, which shouldn´t be new to you.


Also I visisted a cooperative once foundet by a dutch, of 30-40 weaving (and a bit hand spinning) woman in a village very close to Ouaga, I can search for he name, if you are interested.


And heard about a cooperative of elder woman in ouaga, who remove the cotton grain by hand.



Comment by Prama Bhardwaj on March 8, 2011 at 13:16

Hi Nicola

Please make sure to include a visit to our factory Sunflag Tanzania in Arusha, Tanzania. Fully vertical from spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, CMT. It is also fully GOTS certified at all stages and holds BSCI social compliance audits.  For more info and contact details please email me 

Comment by Nicola Thornley on March 8, 2011 at 13:10

Hi all. 


I'm currently sourcing producers and textiles in Africa - I'll be in Nigeria for the next few weeks and then on to Burkina Faso.  I'll be spending some time in East Africa later in the year.  Does anyone know of any producers (country not important) of yarn, textiles, trims or clothing that I may not have come across yet?


Many thanks,



Comment by Olivia Barker on November 16, 2010 at 11:42
Hi everyone,
I have just joined this group so hello!
I run a charity working with underprivileged children in Uganda and in June we launched a women's initiatve teaching disadvantaged women to make jewellery out of recycled paper beads.
We hope to expand this project in the future to make more crafts and textiles.
I would love to talk to people with similar passions and experience in this area so I look forward to talking to you!
Many thanks, Olivia
Comment by jacqueline on September 13, 2010 at 14:37
uniting the industry for sustainable development

This 3 day event looks fab - like minded Nicola Thornley will be helping out at this event and I wish i was there..check out the link for more info

especially if you are interested in what great stuff is happening in Africa at the moment!

All the best Nicola, tell all on your return!
Comment by jacqueline on August 5, 2010 at 12:35
SEED Awards 2010: Invitation for Applications
20/ 07/ 2010

Nairobi, 20 July 2010 - Social and environmental entrepreneurs have the chance to apply to the annual SEED Awards as of today, 19 July 2010.
The annual competition, run by the SEED Initiative, aims to find and to help develop the most promising social and environmental start-ups in emerging and developing countries. SEED Awards winners will receive expert advice on developing their business plan, take part in tailor-made workshops and benefit from high-level profiling of their initiatives through link-ups with SEED's international network.
The SEED Initiative - hosted by UNEP - is a global partnership founded for action on the Green Economy. Through the SEED Awards, the UN organization aims to identify inspiring examples of partnership-based enterprises that can help meet sustainable development challenges.
By helping entrepreneurs to scale-up their activities, the SEED Initiative aims to boost local economies and tackle poverty, while promoting the sustainable use of resources and ecosystems.
As in previous years, entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies across the globe can apply for a SEED award. In addition, this year, as part of UNEP's Green Economy project, particular emphasis will be placed on seven target countries in Africa: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.
A total of up to 35 start-up initiatives will be rewarded in 2010: up to ten in South Africa, 20 in the other target countries and five elsewhere.
Now in their fifth year, interest in the awards has been growing steadily. In 2009, over 1,000 entries were received from 97 countries. Past winners for instance included a project in Bangladesh converting traditional kerosene lamps into low-cost solar-powered lanterns and a project in Colombia promoting artisanal mining of gold and platinum without any use of mercury and other toxic chemicals.
The deadline for applications is 16 August 2010, 23:59 Central European Time (CET). Applicants can apply online or download the application form from the SEED Initiative website at
Applications can be filled in online at the SEED Initiative website or can be downloaded and emailed to Applicants may also contact the SEED Initiative by email or phone (+49 30 89 00 068 99) in case they do not have the possibility to submit their application electronically.

For more information please contact:
Constance Hybsier, Email:
About the SEED Initiative

The SEED Initiative identifies and supports promising small scale social and environmental entrepreneurs around the globe, entrepreneurs who while working towards a greener economy also tackle poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion. SEED provides these social entrepreneurs with the knowhow and networks, taking the lessons learnt at local level up to decision-makers to promote evidence-based policy making.

SEED was founded by UNDP, UNEP and IUCN at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
Partners in the SEED Initiative in addition to the founding partners are the European Union, and the governments of Germany, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
More information:
Comment by jacqueline on June 7, 2010 at 16:11
great stuff Jess! x
Comment by Jess Holland on June 7, 2010 at 15:58
Hi Jacqueline - this sounds amazing, thank you for letting us all know. I am now following you on Twitter -

Comment by Sade on May 27, 2010 at 14:29
Hi everyone,

Just joined the group and very happy to be a prt of this exciting network

Hope you are all having a good day!!

Comment by Annegret Affolderbach on April 30, 2010 at 12:27
CHOOLIPS online Pop-up boutique NOW open. Check it out

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