Yes, ABLE makes clothing and jewelry from sustainable materials but they do so much more than that. Globally, women hold the lowest paying and least secure jobs even though studies show that they recycle more of their income into their families than men. ABLE has made it their mission to economically empower women by providing well-paying stable jobs. ABLE began this journey in Ethiopia when they trained ex-sex workers to make scarves and thus breaking the cycle of poverty. Today, 95% of ABLE’s employees are women. Their core value is to create products that help all the women of our lives, including mother earth
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On a mission to economically empower women.
All of Able’s products are made with responsibly-sourced natural fibers such as Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Cotton.
Though it is female-driven, only 2% of factory workers make a living wage. Able holds themselves accountable by using a third party called “Accountable” to calculate and ensure they are paying their partners a living wage, compensating their needs and ensuring consumers that they are supporting a brand that cares deeply for their workers.
ABLE partners with the local communities in Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, and India to manufacture clothing and shoes so as to support their local craft and to help create jobs for women. Meanwhile, all ABLE’s leather goods and jewelry are crafted in Nashville, TN.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Cotton
During his time in Ethiopia, Barrett was taken aback by how severe poverty forced women to turn to prostitution as a means to support their families and communities. He needed to find a solution to help them, to give them an alternative source of income, to hire them.