Liz Alig's vintage inspired designs are created in a small studio in Indianapolis. These designs then traverse the globe to be produced by our network of fair trade producer groups with similar values throughout the world. We work closely with these groups to ensure sustainable business practices and provide sewing skills education when needed. In addition to paying a fair wage, we also give a portion of our sales directly back to these organizations as a way to grow their own mission and improve the communities were they work. Below is a list of fair trade partners with whom we are currently working. As our product line and demand grows, we are also constantly expanding to add new fair trade production partners who fit with our vision.
Liz Alig's first partner, located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Mi Esperanza is an organization that seeks to empower women by giving them opportunity to make a sustainable income through the production of gifts and clothing. Their mantra "helping women help themselves" is accomplished through skills training courses and micro-business loans. Women at Mi Esperanza produce most of our recycled fashions line. Liz Alig travels regularly to Mi Esperanza to be a part of the sewing skills training of women who are a part of this program. Shop for Liz Alig clothing made by Mi Esperanza.
Liz Alig works with several mamas from the Global Mamas network in Ghana, Africa. Global Mamas envisions women in Africa to be economically independent by significantly increasing the revenues of women owned business. Women in Ghana who we partner with through Global Mamas are able to increase their small sewing businesses by manufacturing Liz Alig clothing. Our clothing that is created in Ghana is made from recycled button down shirts, recycled flour sacks, and traditional batik recycled sheets. Shop for other products made by Global Mamas.
Liz Alig is also partnering with the international refugee community in Indianapolis through Exodus Refugee International. Liz Alig Fatima Scarf, sweaters, and jackets are made in Indianapolis by refugees from Burma who have recently moved to the US. Partnering with Liz Alig, allows these refugees to utilize their sewing skills to provide a source of income in their new homeland.
Located in El Salvador, Garrobo utilizes upcycled excess fabric rolls that would otherwise go to landfills. Garrobo is a project that supports the economic and social empowerment of underprivileged single mothers and young women through training, job skills and employment. The project establishes satellite workshops of about five women and up to 20 women in areas where jobs are hard to come by within the vicinity where they live. This enables them to earn a living close to their homes with their children nearby. Garrobo specialized in yoga and active wear garments. Shop for Liz Alig items made in El Salvador.
"In 1984, KTS opened a primary school and introduced a carpet weaving training program for adults. The KTS organization today encompasses a free nursery and primary school for 250 children and offers welfare and education for up to 25 orphan/semi-orphan children in the KTS orphanage. KTS provides vocational training for women and young men in carpet weaving, hand knitting and carpentry. KTS supports Fair Trade income-generating programs for its producers, through the sale of high-quality Fair Trade carpets, knitwear and furniture, which fund and sustain the KTS activities. KTS also runs a day-care center for the children of trainees, producers and staff." Liz Alig works with their high quality hand spun banana fiber, wool and silk to create beautiful hand woven sweaters.
Greenola is a group of women entrepreneurs who have formed a small worker owned cooperative in Bolivia called K'anchay meaning 'splendor' in Quecha. The K’anchay cooperative is located in Villa Pagador, an immigrant settlement in the dusty outskirts of Cochabamba. Most people came to this neighborhood from the countryside, after a 10 year long drought greatly damaged the traditional agriculture. While over the years some infrastructure has been provided to this area, there is still a dire lack of basic services like water and sanitation. The rate of unemployment is still very high, as is the street criminality.
The cooperative was created in 2004, and has 10 active member-owners. Solidarity Bridge of Greenola, has provided an interest-free startup loan for this project, which was used for sewing machines, equipment and a guarantee deposit for the work space. Garments made by this cooperative are sewn from 100% cotton and pima cotton that was sourced locally. Check out Liz Alig products made by Greenola.
Assisi Garments in the largest producer that we work with - in a factory that can produce up to 10,000 garments per day they are kind enough to produce smaller runs for us. Their commitment to fair trade and organic cotton make them one of the leaders in the ethical fashion movement. Our collection made by Assisi is produced with their GOTS certified organic cotton. Assisi Garments was started in 1994 as a non-profit rehabilitation program by the Franciscan Sisters. Employing a workforce of 300 including underprivileged women and 120 physically challenged people, the endeavor was the first-of-its-kind in India. They are deeply committed to the environment and their community. View Liz Alig's organic cotton line here.
Guatemala has a rich culture. This can be seen in their vibrant textiles. Most of the traditional women in Guatemala wear a flowing ‘huipil’ shirt and skirt made from hand woven ikat. We work with a small fair trade cooperative that makes clothing from this recycled ikat fabric and a hand woven cotton shirt inspired by their traditional dress. Our partnership in Guatemala gives women a source of income - one of the women that we work with explained that this would give her a way to pay for an expensive heart surgery that her daughter needed to have. Our Liz Alig collection made from the recycled hand woven fabric can be seen here.
Himalyan Tapestry, is an organization that has some of the following goals - payment of fair wages that empower their workers to maintain a sustainable livelihood, maintaining fair pricing and payment for raw material producers, promoting the use of organic fabrics and in turn encouraging staff and partners to employ sustainable practices and the use of recycled and natural materials when possible. They recognize the need to promote gender equity, and adhere to the UN Convention on the Rights of children. See Liz Alig's hand blocked line here.
“Fairsew, based in Cambodia, believes it is possible to be a garment manufacturer that is transparent and cares for its people. Fairsew treats its employees fairly by providing them with a safe working environment, offers benefits well above the minimum levels for garment workers in Cambodia, and gives staff opportunities for further learning and development. They are fair to the environment by minimizing waste, using recycled fabrics where possible, and avoiding the use of toxic materials.” Garments by Liz Alig made in Cambodia are produced from excess factory cut-offs.
Kumudini Welfare Trust was started as a hospital in 1947 by a wealthy businessman who used most of his money to establish several schools and medical facilities. Today the hospital and training school are run by economic generating programs like jute press, river transportation, and pharmaceuticals. Liz Alig garments produced by the welfare trust are made from hand woven recycled cotton fibers.
Nou Hope aims to empower the people of a couple towns in rural Haiti to become more self-sustaining so that families can afford basic education and daily living expenses. One of the ways they are doing this is through economic and educational development in tailoring, pottery, and jewelry making. Liz Alig is working with this new group to produce some accessories made from recycled button down shirts and coffee bags. Their initiative and innovation are amazing.
Village Works produces some of the beautiful hand-woven silk found in our Lucy Dress. These are tie dyed using their traditional methods. Their motto shows a strong commitment to fair trade... "VillageWorks is more than handicrafts. The essence is really building the lives of the villagers. Behind every piece of work, you get the whole person and his family, more than what you see, more than the hands that made the product. Here, we invite our supporters to join us and be engaged in building lives. Your support helps the villagers break free from their poverty cycle, and find hope in life."