Clothes for change - creating micro-entrepreneural opportunities in africa
Category: Entrepreneurship Pilots&Business
Goal: Creating micro-entrepreneurial opportunities through clothing for low-income people in Africa. The economic viability of the second hand clothing export channel considering social criteria was evaluated.
Motivation: Improve the second hand clothing export model of Roba Amiga, one of the main textile waste management companies in Spain, by establishing partnerships with local NGOs in Senegal and testing a pilot model to distribute clothes through small groups of women backed by Enda Jeunesse Action.
Impact / Expected impact: A pilot project was performed in March 2014. 3.000 kg of second hand clothes were exported to Senegal and distributed in 3 different locations. A report with key results and potential business development strategies was prepared to support Roba Amiga's internationalization process. A business case about the opportunities to develop social entrepreneurship activities was developed jointly with ESADE Business School.
Partners: Alessandro Siclari (project leader), Roba Amiga and ESADE Institute for Social Innovation
Execution period: 2014
Publications about this project: Old Clothes, New Social Enterprises