We established ORIGIN with the purpose of raising funds for humanitarian development projects through the sale of ethically produced clothing. 100% of ORIGIN's profits are invested in community driven businesses with a targeted social purpose.
These social businesses are run by inspiring local people.
Providing funding to a carefully selected social entrepreneur empowers her/him to create their own freedom and generate lasting positive impacts around them: social mobility, financial independence, job creation and social change.
The boost of capital alongside the support of belief and co-inspiration has been proven to lead to increased financial saving, long term financial planning as well as extended family impact (more children attending school for longer, improved domestic hygiene and the many benefits that come with these changes).
This concept is the foundation of ORIGIN and is reflected in our project principles.
This is a commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty in which too many people live in 2020. We would like to acknowledge everyone who has already purchased an ORIGIN garment and has helped to create this positive impact on the world.
LIVES IMPACTED... 4,093
SUSTAINABLE JOBS CREATED...49
SOCIAL BUSINESSES SUPPORTED... 4
THE SEAMSTRESS SCHOOL
This seamstress school in Bamako, Mali, is the first of its kind. It was created in order to provide opportunities for those fleeing the war-torn north of the country. As well as providing education and training, Alain Kouadiou crucially ensures that his students are placed in jobs so they can commercialise their new skills to provide for their families and sustainably escape the poverty trap. This fantastic project was launched in late 2019 and is already training 37 women.
"We know what happens when a woman earns money. She is far more likely to spend her earnings on the health and education of her children and to invest in improving her family's standard of living."
- Leila Janah, Give Work 2019
Origin has been working on this project, based in the Simien Mountains, for almost a year. This is by far our largest scale project with the potential to impact thousands of lives. The aim of the initiative is to establish a locally run sanitation business, headed by Ethiopian entrepreneur Banti Bantali. The business will create and supply culturally appropriate hygienic latrines to the remote villages of the mountains, improving their sanitation leading to healthier communities and reduced childhood malnutrition and mortality.
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now”
- Dambisa Moyo, Dead Aid, 2010
MUSA'S ECO STOVES
Musa Darboe is a potter and an entrepreneur. He has designed and created a clay lined stove which he sells in the local community. The stove is made using sustainable materials and it requires less wood to ignite and maintain, therefore saving money, time and energy consumption for the women who buy it. Expanding Musa's business will create more jobs in the area as well as skills training for the women's collective which he supports. This is a great business run by a committed man and they both have a bright future.
“If you go out into the real world, you cannot miss seeing that the poor are poor not because they are untrained or illiterate but because they cannot retain the returns of their labour. They have no control over capital, and it is the ability to control capital that gives people the power to rise out of poverty.”
- Muhammad Yunus, 2019
THE COTTON PROJECT
Origin has been working with The Gambian Cotton Trail to reignite the cotton trade for rural farmers in Gambia, a trade which has been heavily depleted since the increase of imported synthetic fabrics. The first step in supporting this project has been to put a borehole into a local farming community. This positively impacts farming, and creates at least 20 jobs. It also re-instigates a supply chain for organic cotton &
provides clean & safe water for the community as well as a lifeline for crops and farming opportunities.
"Handouts aren't going to end global poverty, but work just might"- Leila Janah, 2019
Hands on Care is a centre for HIV treatment and Reproductive Health based in Brikama, The Gambia. It has truly committed staff but their current building has no infection control structures and it suffers from dwindling sources of funds from international 'aid'. Origin has been working with this inspirational group of people on building a new clinic and developing their training programs to become a training provider. This earns the clinic autonomous funds while contributing to high quality medical and social support for their 3,216 patients.
"In every society of the 'bottom billion' there are people working for change. We should be helping the heroes"- Paul Collier, 2010