Bibi & Me is a social impact brand created by So They Can to empower women in Kenya. So They Can is a not for profit organisation, working with local communities and governments, committed to empowering women and children living in poverty in Africa through education. The organisation believes in empowering women through education and giving them skills and training so they can transform their lives.
All the women who are involved in the creation of Bibi & Me products benefit from having a fair income and are proud of what they have achieved.
Bibi & Me collaborates with local artisans and women’s empowerment groups and has created opportunities for these women who have traditional weaving skills but lack of access to market.
- A Sew Women Can workshop began by offering 18 single mothers training in sewing skills, machine operation, and workshop operations. Six permanent jobs and two retail shops were created, and four ladies have found employment within the textiles industry after training.
- Three smaller weaving groups joined together creating a co-operative, with a total of 45 women now weaving baskets for Bibi & Me.
- A group of 15 women established a registered self-help group which holds creative workshops to encourage new weavers to learn and develop skills.
100% of profits from Bibi & Me sales are used to support the educational empowerment programs run by So They Can in East Africa (www.sotheycan.org). So They Can empowers over 16,500 women and children in Kenya and Tanzania through education so they can break the poverty cycle.