Cathy Wariapa not only has talent as a weaver, but she is also a leader in her community providing women and men with the opportunity to sell their weaving products in international markets.
As Published in Pacific Rise, 07/03/2019
Social enterprise REAL Impact showcased its CONSIDERED by real Pacific Collection at NY NOW in New York as part of its Artisan Resource Collection held across 3-6 February. This first of it kind collection showcased undiscovered creative communities, art and design from the Pacific.
‘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.
The global handicraft market is worth US$38 billion and ‘profit-for-purpose’ enterprise Real Impact is making sure Papua New Guinean artisans are getting their fair share.
As published in Business Advantage PNG, 25/2/2019.
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.
Awakening the sleeping giant of PNG’s Creative Industries and the SME’s that are driving this new economy.
Virginia Bruce, founder of the R.E.A.L Group, shares how she helps students to realise their own potential as ‘impact designers’, what it takes to make it onto the shelves of The R.E.A.L Store and how simple it really is to make a difference.
There is a special place in our heart for Katherine Mahoney and her beautiful ceramic pieces. Not only do we stock many of Katherine’s pieces, we also have the privilege of working with her through the REAL Foundation Mentoring program for which she is a dedicated mentor.
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.
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.