Where do our products come from?
All of our products are 100% Malawian made! The fabric we use is purchased from Malawian vendors and Malawian seamstresses make all of our clothing and accessories. We purchase most of our fabric, called chitenji, in bulk quantities from the old market in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capitol. There are literally hundreds of different patterns of chitenji to choose from at this market on any given day. Each piece we use to make clothing is hand selected from this market and sent to our amazing seamstresses.
Currently, we are working with seamstresses who live in Kasungu, a town about 130 kilometers north of Lilongwe. We began work here in 2013 collaborating with a sewing collective of about ten local women. It can be tough for these women to find enough work to make a living for themselves and their families. THREEafrica helps out by giving the seamstresses orders to fill and ensures that they are paid fairly for their work. Since we first set up shop in Kasungu there have been some changes within the collective we were partnered with and now a former member has decided to take the initiative to open up her own sewing shop with just a few other women.
We will continue to work closely with these women in Kasungu and as our business expands we will be able to consistently provide them with work and opportunities so that they can stabilize their income.
Please visit our Photo Gallery where you can see for yourself how our process works.