I want to be very clear about this. These kids do not sew for us. This is strictly a side project for disadvantaged kids to learn a skill for life. It’s a project that I am very proud to be a part of. We call it Leni House. The funds go towards feeding and housing these kids. Every single morning without fail Leni wakes at 4am and cooks for everyone; it’s their ritual and a very special start to the day (she is everybody's mother!).
So, they are my 2 teams!
I do not use suppliers that subcontract work to factories, that way I can ensure the people working for me are on an agreed salary and are not being exploited.
All our fabric dying and cutting, as well as any washing, is done by locally run businesses, which we discuss with Leni and Komang first and must all reach agreement on.
Nothing is outsourced to Java which, of course, would be cheaper for us to do! But I strongly believe in this process. No outsourcing to big factories allows us to actively engage with all of our suppliers. I pay the businesses directly so that I know what is being paid and to whom, protecting them from exploitation. Keeping everything transparent.
Honestly, this means a lot more work for my husband and I. We are usually in Bali every two months these days. We supply our workers’ children with clothes on our visits, provide tools where needed, as well as simple products we take for granted, like tea tree and clove oil for mould.
We are educating them on the harsh chemicals they need to replace or where we can't replace, we are educating them on safe practises through MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet compliance management) and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment guidelines).
I believe many businesses have Indonesian managers in place to do all the leg work and, I must say, that is a tempting thought! But our ethos requires us to always be hands-on with our artisans and suppliers. That way, together we will grow.
That’s us. That’s how we maintain an ethical supply chain so that you can shop with a clear conscience.
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