OUR PHILOSOPHY: MANUFACTURE FOR CHANGE
We are a passionate growing company trying to make a difference in the world by producing quality African fashion items in Africa.
Africa is a generous land, rich in its soil, natural diversity and its inhabitant’s hearts and skills. This generosity must also be reflected economically. Although economies are developing, there is still much work to do. We believe that it is by economically empowering the local African communities that we can collectively put an end to economic poverty.
Why we chose manufacturing
Coming from a supply chain background, we believe that manufacturing can create a significant change by reducing the dependence of African economies on imports of basics products, like clothing. Tons of second hand clothing are imported each year in Africa from around the world and sold in popular markets. These imports kill the local economies which have paradoxically a long heritage of weaving textile and tailoring.
An African textile manufacturing in crisis
A report published in 2006 - "The Future of the Textile and Clothing Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa", established that textile employment decreased by 80% from 1975 to 2000 in Ghana, about 50% in Zambia. During that period the sector lost 200,000 workers in Nigeria. Most of the countries are affected, from Senegal, to Kenya, passing by the Congos. This was a direct consequence from deregulation policies that have encouraged the flow of very cheap second hand clothes from around the world to fill African markets, making local manufactured clothing more expensive. It is estimated today that the global trade of second hand-clothing is worth 3 billion dollars.
Manufacturing for change: A Social Enterprise
The project Mayasi started from a statement that Africa has a long tradition of quality craftsmanship in textile, metal arts, etc. We also noticed a rise of African fashion popularised by artists like Koffi Ansah and brought to the public by diverse international fashion shows.
We have set up Mayasi retail and Mayasi Manufacturing to provide supply chain support to the sector, in the production and the distribution aspects. The purpose of our project is to create financially viable projects which will support local economies by producing in the local economies and distributing the products internationally first and nationally in the future. We believe that a viable project is only good if it has sound economic bases. African communities should manufacture clothing for the local and international markets.
Our actions for developing the "Made in Africa"
We want to contribute to the development of the "Made in Africa". We know this will create local jobs whiles promoting the quality of work done by African tailors, who can be proud of the quality of their work.
Our culture: Equal ownership and Fair Trade
Mayasi is run like a cooperative. We believe in the age old principle of African democracy, which is the participatory democracy. Each partner inside the group has an equal voice and we agree together in the decisions being taken.
Profits for the business are also shared equally among the members.
We adhere and promote fair trade principles by ensuring our partners earn a fair income for the work done. We put the emphasis on the quality of work.
Willing to join us
There is a lot of work to be done. If you are inspired by our textile project or have other projects in imporving things in Africa, we will be happy to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us.