ORIGIN was established with the purpose of raising funds for humanitarian development projects through the sale of ethically produced clothing. 100% of profits are invested in locally 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 & 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 ethos as a business and our project principles.
Sustainable Jobs Created
Social Businesses Supported
The People Behind the Projects
Musa 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.
Banti is an Ethiopian entrepreneur and has been heading up a sanitation project, based in the Simien Mountains, for almost a year. This is by far the largest scale project we support with the potential to impact thousands of lives. 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.
Alain has set up a seamstress school in Bamako, Mali, which 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, he 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.
Dr Sabaly is the Director of Hands on Care which 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'. We have 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.
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
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
In every society of the 'bottom billion' there are people working for change. We should be helping the heroesPaul Collier, 2010
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THE ORIGIN ETHOS
We are committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in which too many people live in 2020. We will continue to fund social businesses which are in line with Origin’s Project Principles. These principles help guide us to ensure the funds have a long term, culturally appropriate and sustainable impact.
Each project MUST:
Be LOCALLY led ✓
Entrepreneurial at a grass roots level i.e. bottom up rather than the old-fashioned top down. Local leaders must fully understand the principles prior to the investment of any project budget
Be SUSTAINABLE for local people ✓
These are social businesses, not sink funds for 'aid' budgets. Each one must also be environmentally responsible
Have a selected SOCIAL IMPACT GOAL ✓
The goal is locally driven but justifiably needs based. It must focus on the cost-effectiveness of the designed intervention of the business
Be realistic & culturally APPROPRIATE in the local setting ✓