Trade4Life Ethical Work Opportunities
KangaWrap products are developed and brought to you by Trade4Life, a community interest company. Not-for-profit and staffed by volunteers in Sidcup, Kent, Trade4Life was set up to improve the lives of disadvantaged people in developing communities by creating ethical work opportunities.
Trade4Life is supplied by fair trade manufacturers where employees are well treated and paid a fair wage for their work. Workers are usually women with children of their own. Making KangaWraps means they can not only provide for their children, their higher wage means they can spend time with them too as they need to work fewer hours.
Work in Delhi India
KangaWrap profits fund maternity healthcare workers in Delhi’s slums on an ongoing basis. They have also helped to rebuild a healthcare centre. The work is carried out by Asha India, a long established charity, founded by Dr Kiran Martin, which empowers and gives hope to Delhi’s slum dwellers, regardless of their background, caste or religious beliefs.
In 2013, around 400,000 people in over 50 slums benefit from Asha’s work. Healthcare and sanitation are vastly improved and Asha’s maternity healthcare statistics are better than outside the slums! Children are being educated and Asha has helped nearly 1,000 students to university, with plans for a further 5,000 before 2018. That’s only part of what Dr Kiran Martin and Asha have achieved, read more on the Asha website.
|The Asha Difference||Whole of India||Asha Slums|
|Children vaccinated to WHO recommendation||63%||98%|
|Skilled attendance for mothers at delivery||47%||98%|
|New-borns breastfed within six hours of birth||41%||100%|
Work in Narok, Kenya
Trade4Life is supporting a specific Christian Aid project “Nurturing Change in Kenya” to improve Maternal and Child Healthcare services in Kenya’s Narok County.
Kenya is classified as one of the world’s least developed countries by the UN. It has an unacceptably high maternal mortality rate, with 490 women dying in childbirth for every 100,000 births.
In Narok County, only 30% of the population has access to Maternal and Child Healthcare services and cultural tradition means that only around 17% actually use them.
A programme combining service provision and education (including training over 1,000 community health workers) will improve health for nearly 200,000 women and over 130,000 children under five. In addition to meeting immediate needs, the project will work in communities to make lasting change.
In April 2016, we completed a contribution of £5,000 which the EU has matched on a 3:1 ratio so £20,000 goes towards the project.