We don't see production cost as the main reason for our cohice of producer and country. We want to support the small person who just wants to do good. Who have a passion and a vision of "together we are strong". At current our products are produced in India, Central African Republic and Sweden.
NDARA EMPOWER LOCALS
IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Central African Republic (CAR) is a war striked country with a long history of political conflicts and several rebell groups fiighting for CAR's rich natural resources. These conflicts isolate the country and hinder development, with many civilians under starvation as a result.
Ndara is a privat company founded in 2017. Ndara means "to be skilled" in the national language of CAR. Through steady income, skills training and business development Ndara support the resilience and independence for the local people. For every Ndara item you buy you support and give hope to the strong men and women of CAR who never give up, who fight for their families and who see the joy in the darkness. Ndara help their workers to create better lives for them selves and their families. You can help them tell their story.
Growing strong together is exactly what Lord Stafford and Ndara aims to do by collaborating. By empowering the people we can help to change the story of the Central African Republic.
Ndara strongly believes in sustainability and growing slowly. Finding the right people, both for production and for buying. Using locally sourced and recycled materials these men and women create beautiful products buy sowing and braiding. When possible eco-friendly dyes and raw materials are also used. For creating your pet toys Ndara use residual materials, too small to use for other products. By buying these toys you particularily contribute to minimizing waste and optimize their economic return, giving more money back to the locals.
RESPONSIBLE FAMILY BUSINESS
In central India, a stone's throw away from the legendary Taj Mahal, lies the city Kanpur. Known as India's leather city. Here cows, hens, people get on well together with cars, richa and motorcycles. Everyone is on their way somewhere.
A couple of crossovers away from the most hectic traffic Syed and his family runs their family business. Syed's father founded the company in 2007 and are now passing over to his sons, with the oldest son Syed at the front. His father now is more of a mentor contributing with his knowledge gained from a lifetime of experiences. It is well organized in his factory with stations for each step of the manufacturing process. Leather is bought in from a tannery close by. A tannery founded in 1953 with vegetable tanning process.
A few kilomoters away runs the river Ganges. Historically an important recourse for the local people, Nowdays highly polluted. Mainly due to polluted waste water relseased, without cleaning, from leather tanneries. Most of them using the harmful heavy metal Chrome. The tannery Syed is collaborating with has invested in several enivronmental technologies and infrastructure to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The waste water from vegetable-tanning is, however, free from harmful chemicals. They also engage in education and welfare, giving back to the society.
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