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Real Impact Brings The Unique Beauty of Pacific Design to New York

Maddy Pease

‘Profit for purpose’ company REAL Impact has announced it has signed on as a regional partner in the Pacific of pioneering crowd-funding platform Kiva, with its first loan in Papua New Guinea approved last week. The partnership will facilitate zero-interest loans up to US$50,000 to Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands creative industries.

Vision for PNG’S Creative Industries

Marc Evans

REAL Impact believes it’s time Papua New Guinea chased a share of the global US$38 billion handicraft market, and the even larger potential of the global ‘creative industries’. The global artisan, fashion and homewares market generates trillions each year. Currently, PNG is not participating in this space in any meaningful way, and this presents a huge opportunity.

REAL Impact’s aim is to start tackling this market to provide export income earning opportunities for the millions of Papua New Guineans who can’t participate in the oil/gas and mining sector. The strategy is targeted to SMEs and the rural informal economies in PNG.

r.e.a.l Travel Diary \\ Ethical Fashion Africa Ltd. : Not Charity, Just Work.

Hands That Shape Humanity, Social InitiativesVirginia Bruce

Last month, our founder Virginia Bruce travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to meet with some of the inspirational people behind the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) and Ethical Fashion Africa Ltd (EFAL). A part of the International Trade Centre, the EFI has been a key player in poverty alleviation by using the fashion industry as a vehicle for some of Africa’s most disenfranchised communities.

Through the Hands That Shape Humanity social enterprise, the REAL Group has already collaborated with EFAL on a range of summer tote bags designed by prominent Australian designers and produced by a small team of Massai artisans.

r.e.a.l. Travel diary \\ Korogocho: The Invisible City.

Hands That Shape Humanity, Social InitiativesVirginia Bruce

Last month, our founder Virginia Bruce travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to meet with some of the inspirational people behind the Ethical Fashion Initiative and Ethical Fashion Africa. A part of the International Trade Centre, the EFI has been a key player in poverty alleviation by using the fashion industry as a vehicle for some of Africa’s most disenfranchised communities.

From walking through a slum in Nairobi to visiting the EFI workshops and the people she met along the way, Virginia shares some of the highlights – and surprises – from her journey.