Craftybee fashion world we produce different types of bags and accessories. We have up to twenty different items in our collection and we are ready to create new items as the need arises.
Making different items to sell and raise money is fine but we also believe in human empowerment; as a result of this we run short skills training programs to help vulnerable people in different communities. By doing this we put a smile on their faces because they now have a way to raise money to solve their problems.
As a fashion brand we have played a great role in our country Sierra Leone at this time of world pandemic (covid-19) by producing thousands of facemasks which were used by office workers, students, bike riders etc.… Production of facemasks was also something we taught our students because it was in high demand.
In Sierra Leone plastic bags forms a high percentage of waste which actually causes threat to different spices of animals, causes pollution and flooding. Plastic bags are found on the shores of our rivers and beaches, on streets and drainages for this reason the European Union delegation Sierra Leone together with Freetown Pitch Night organized a special pitch night to hear commercial solutions on the theme; Replacing single plastic use.
I showed interest by applying and I was called to pitch my idea which is to use affordable fabric bags including a 100% cotton shopping bag which is durable, reusable and biodegradable.
This event took place on the 14th October 2020 and I was announced winner of the pitch. Months later I was sponsored by European Union delegation Sierra Leone, Irish Embassy, Innovation Axis Sierra Leone and Freetown pitch night to visit a company in Rwanda called Dokmai Rwanda to improve on my skills.
In Rwanda I learnt new skills and improve on old ones. At the factory I visited in Rwanda there were different industrial sewing machines which could actually make work easier so I decided to take another venture to create a backpack with a solar attached that charges phone and also has a bulb. As we all know not all villages have electricity so this bag would be great for students in the villages.
Short Description of eWomen
Kisimi Kayleemasa Kamara is a Software Engineer who is passionate about creating and implementing innovative ideas with the goal to make social impact. It is on this basis he founded the social enterprise network eWomen Sierra Leone. eWomen is a female led organization with two women as co-founders. The CEO and Board Chair of eWomen are all females. There is only one man in the top management of eWomen and that’s Kisimi who is the Chief Innovation Officer.
eWomen is all about social impaction. We have researched extensively on the following components with the aim to establish viable businesses:
iWaste: We collect recyclable waste such as plastic waste and coconut shells to make plastic paving stones and eco-friendly charcoal respectively.
iTrees: Establishing nursery sites and encouraging citizens and visitors of Sierra Leone to pledge trees that we plant for them in honour of a girl child, woman and person with disability.
iPlaygrounds: Making eco-friendly playgrounds with most of their components made from waste tyres.
iCarpentry: Making unique furniture and wooden fences.
iShoes: Making celebrity shoes from waste tyres. We also make barefoot and bead sandals.
iBins: Making trash bins from waste tyres.
iCatering: A food market concept focusing on processing, packaging and selling local food.
iFarming; Agribusiness component to encourage young people to involve in farming.
iBags: Making raffia grocery bags, coconut shells cups/dishes, bamboo cups/bottles and banana leaves good wrappers.
We are a social enterprise that focuses on addressing the issue of period poverty among young girls and women by providing them with sustainable reusable pads.
We are addressing the high costs of sanitary products, period poverty and lack of menstrual health education among girls and women in Sierra Leone.
We are producing clean cooking stoves; our aim is to change people’s mindset to stop polluting the environment and save the planet.
We are saving the environment from emission of black carbon smoke, reducing deforestation and providing easy access to clean cooking energy by using improved cooking stove.