ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. They’re deeply devoted to quality – both in the products they make and the quality of life they aim to provide. They invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive.
It started with scarves. In Ethiopia they met women coming out of the commercial sex industry who asked them for help finding jobs. They trained them to make scarves and after selling over 4,000 of them in 2 months, they knew they were onto something. People understood that if you're committed to ending poverty, you must create jobs, and do so for women.
ABLE has grown from hand-woven scarves to a lifestyle brand with leather bags, clothes, shoes, and jewelry
Women comprise 95% of the staff at ABLE, but globally they often hold the lowest-paid, least-secure jobs. Yet they know women invest twice as much of their income into their families compared to men. When a woman is economically empowered, her children and community thrive, making her crucial to eradicating poverty. ABLE is committed to ensuring every woman receives treatment and compensation reflective of her immense worth.
Their driving motivation is to make a real, measurable difference in the communities they claim to impact. So they spent three years developing their own evaluation system—called ACCOUNTABLE—which evaluates their manufacturing partners on safety, equality, and wages in order to give them better insight into the impact of our supply chain on the women making our products.
Fashion is one of the largest industrial employers of women worldwide, yet only an estimated 2% of fashion workers are paid a livable wage. They want to change that, but they know one of the quickest ways companies will change their practices is if their customers demand it. They published their lowest wages in order to give consumers a clear choice to protect the people making their products, and they want other companies to do the same.
Their jewelry is all made in-house in Nashville, TN, and our leather goods, clothes, and shoes are made by manufacturing partners in Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, and India. Around the world, they work with entrepreneurs who share our values. Theye’ve found that partnering with local community leaders results in a more powerful economic transformation rather than trying to command change from the U.S.