File - A woman works at a workshop in Nairobi, the heart of not-for-profit group Ethical Fashion Africa.
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Beneath a tin roof, workers from some of the country's poorest communities sew buttons and stitch cloth for top international designers, part of a not-for-profit "ethical fashion" project.It is part of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a project built on a model of "mutual benefit" that aims to support poor communities by linking them up with fashion houses and distributors.Conditions are very far from the sweatshops that muddy some fashion brands, with the U.N.-backed scheme providing decent working conditions, training and – perhaps the clearest sign of its success – people queuing up to join looking for work.Organizers say 90 percent of workers in Kenya have improved their homes, and 85 percent now provide better food for their families.Of the more than 5,000 people involved in the initiative in Kenya, 90 percent are women.Though fashion may be fickle, quality endures.
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