Ensuring our uniforms are made ethically is highly complex. When we say that our uniforms are ethical we take into account all aspects of the supply chain. We know from seed through to shirt where our raw materials are grown, where our cotton is processed, how it's dyed and who stitches the end product.
Our commitment goes beyond the products themselves, providing opportunities to the people and the communities where our products come from. We have already been sponsoring women and girls through educational training scholarships but feel there are more opportunities for us to make an even bigger impact.
Our cotton relies exclusively on rain water, this means that unlike other farms we produce only one crop each year. Our farmers supplement their income by doing things such as farming vegetables and making products to sell at the local markets.
With that in mind we are excited to announce that we have just funded our first ever micro-loan project, enabling a group of women from the village Manigaon in the Odisha region where our cotton is grown to purchase three foot pedal sewing machines.
These machines will enable these women to supplement their families income by doing tailoring activities for their local community. This extra income can make a huge difference to the wellbeing of rural cotton farmers. The intention is that the loan will be paid back within 12months, with the money being recycled to support another project in the area.
Little Yellow Bird uniforms not only provide people with ethical employment opportunities, they also enable us to support entire communities in the areas where our raw materials and uniforms are made.