Aspiga Kenyan Producers

Our Aspiga branded products are all hand made in Kenya and India.

We work with suppliers of small work forces (not large factories) creating revenue for the local community and much needed jobs for local men and women.

The work they receive from Aspiga, they often tell us, ensures their livelihoods and that of their families.
Using traditional techniques like leather-making and beading, all their products are created by hand. So no two Aspiga products are ever the same.
All our African sandals and belts are handmade which means many hours of work go into making just one pair. The bead work alone for one belt takes a whole day and for one pair of sandals takes up to 3 hours. The leather is bought in a tannery in Nairobi, then dyed and sun dried. The leather is then hand cut with a strong knife for the uppers and soles. The bead work is real art and is not easy. In fact, it takes a few weeks to train someone to bead correctly, as it is very intricate and hard to pick up. The bead work is mainly done by ladies and is terribly time consuming. They have to sort the beads and thread each individual bead (sometimes working on complicated patterns). They stitch the beads to the leather upper design, which is then attached to a fabric or leather back. This beaded upper is then glued to the rubber sole (which again is hand cut out) and machine sewn.

Meet our Kenyan artisans:

 

Quote from Kenyan Supplier Moses (word for word): “The traditional name for the baskets I do for Aspiga is ‘KIKAPU’. The material used to make these baskets are reeds which grow in swampy areas, mostly old men and women weave them. I buy the baskets from them, giving them income which is rear in those remote places and by this they can take their children to school and buy food and medicine… Before I found a connection with Aspiga it was extremely difficulty to feed my family, pay school fees for my children and even paying house rent was a problem. ASPIGA LTD has changed my own life and my family and many others right from the villages to the slums or Nairobi Kenya.”   Quote from Sandal and Belt Supplier: “When we started working with Aspiga we were very small and all the work was done in the back of our house… I now employ 35 local people in my small local town and I pay them all fair wages and I give them food when they turn up to work in the mornings” Aspiga | Discover Kenya 35   Aspiga’s Ethical Policy to help Fight Poverty Through Trade.

  • Designed in the UK, but handmade in Africa and India, the Aspiga collection includes beautiful leather beaded sandals, flip flops, belts, baskets and jewellery.
  • Aspiga use suppliers, with small work forces (not large factories) creating much needed jobs for local men and women, and revenue for the local community. The work they receive from Aspiga, they often tell us, ensures their livelihoods and that of their families.
  • We strive to do business in a more enlightened way and act in an ethical manner, paying our suppliers good prices and helping them with cash flow by paying deposits and paying our bills on time! We ask our suppliers to pay their staff fair wages, to have good working conditions, to treat them with respect and not employ people under the minimum working age.
  • Workers have to sort through the beads and thread each one individually to the leather (sometimes working to complicated patterns).

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