MAISHA, n. (Swahili), Life
Every Scarf Tells a Story. This is Ours.
The Maisha Collective is a peer-driven
initiative that fosters leadership and business management skills through the
design and production of unique hand-dyed scarves and textiles. In managing the
collective, participants gain life-long business and marketing skills that
develop their confidence and prepare them for future independence. The power of
purchase inspires their journey to support, empower, and ultimately protect
other young refugee women.
100 percent of the proceeds are
reinvested into Heshima Kenya's programs and the savings of Maisha Collective
members. To order a scarf visit our online Etsy
How It Works
The Maisha Collective utilizes four core principles to ensure economic empowerment and sustainability through profits from your purchase:
Leadership Development: With supervision by Heshima Kenya staff, members drive all aspects of the Collective, including fielding orders, producing scarves and creating new designs, managing timesheets, holding weekly meetings, and making deadlines. Two project leaders manage the quality control of orders.
Accountability and Commitment: All incoming members must complete Heshima Kenya’s seven-month tailoring course, voice their goals, and demonstrate commitment to their future independence. New members are voted in by a panel of collective members and must sign a contract. They also participate in a financial literacy course with a focus on saving concepts and budgeting.
Saving: All members receive a fair cash stipend based on the hours they contribute each month. Heshima Kenya helps manage their personal savings accounts.
Transitional Support: The emotional and physical scars experienced by unaccompanied refugee girls and young women are deep. To ensure that income earned is saved, all profits continue to support members’ case management needs, such as medical care. Heshima Kenya also provides material support as members transition into independent living arrangements within the community.
For information on corporate sponsorship opportunities, fashion design partnerships, retail partners, and wholesale opportunities, please see our "Partnerships" page.
**All Maisha Collective business is conducted in a transparent and accountable manner, and cultural identity is respected. Furthermore, Heshima Kenya supports safe working conditions free of child labor.**