The Ministry of Tomorrow (MOT) is a luxury fashion brand that supports important environmental and social developments around the world.
Founded in 2011, MOT designs garments and accessories and produces them in facilities that provide fair wage jobs in impoverished communities in two locations in Kenya.
MOT aims to inspire consumer action through the purchase of MOT apparel, which will result in the meaningful improvement of conditions in the communities where MOT sources its products.
MOT’s flagship project is in Nairobi, Kenya just outside of Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums. This MOT-built facility sponsors skilled tailors who are recruited from within Kibera to make designer men’s and women’s bags, creating sustainable livelihoods for its workers.
Employees at the bag factory are able to work in a safe, comfortable, and clean environment. They are paid 3x the Nairobi minimum wage, a bonus for completed quality work, and are provided a nutritious lunch each day.
Woman’s empowerment is another of MOT’s core initiatives, exemplified by Gertrude “Michelle” Aricha, who has been sponsored by MOT to fully own and operate the factory that produces the company’s bags. Michelle in turn employs eight tailors from Kibera to produce the luxury bags for MOT.
MOT’s premiere woman’s collection is exclusively produced for MOT by the Wildlife Works Eco-factory, which is located near Voi, Kenya, in the heart of the African Bush. This initiative helps protect endangered wildlife and provide fair wage jobs.
The woman’s collection is made from 100% Certified Organic and Fair Trade cotton sourced from Rajlakshmi Mills in Kolkata India that buys its cotton from the Chetna Organic Farmers Association a collective of more than 6,000 organic cotton farmers. The fabric is shipped to Kenya where it is made into garments.
“Our products are produced with respect for the earth and humankind. This way, the farmers growing the cotton are paid a fair price for their crop, are not exposed to harmful pesticides, and the organic farming methods do not contaminate the earth. We closely examine the supply chain at each step and amp up the goodness associated with the raw materials that go into our products. Responsible commerce is our way of doing business,” says MOT Founder and President, Julian Prolman.
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