Khama is an Accessories Brand that works with community groups in Malawi.
Khama collaborates with micro finance charities that seek to empower women through small business loans and training.
Khama works with stitching project of women throughout Malawi. Collaborating with charities that offer training, support and financial help to community groups of women in one of Africa’s poorest regions and most disadvantaged communities.
All the materials are locally sourced from a Malawian printing mill in the capital city and using materials left over from the processing of Tobacco which is Malawi’s main export. The women have the option of working from home or coming into the training centres to produce the products for sale. By purchasing these products we are able to empower the women and give them financial independence to set up their own supplier base in their home while looking after children and in between working in the fields.
Khama pays a fair wage, develops long-term relationships with producers and provides much needed employment for women and artisans.
Malawi is among the world’s least developed countries. It is located at the southern tip of the Great Rift Valley and is bordered by Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania. The average Life expectancy in Malawi is 43 years and 1 in 10 children die under the age of 5. Large percentage of the population live on $1 a day
The country is nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa”.
Khama is a project taken on by Accessories Designer, Elaine Burke
Elaine is also a Design Consultant for Accessories Brands that are stocked in stores such as Selfridges, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Whistles, online at Asos.com, as well as boutiques around the UK.
Special thanks to Ian Marshall from Micro-Enterprise Africa