Samples from the proposed line-Little Maisha
Learn about-Little Maisha our new line of children’s clothes and our new women's infinity scarf line. Treasure Box Kids is excited to partner with the non-profit Tembo Trading Education Project in Washington State on this new and exciting journey to change the lives of women in Kenya.
Human Trafficking is an issue that is plaguing the world. However, some places are affected by this monster in deeper and greater ways. For example, 20,000 Kenyan children are trafficked annually, these are alarming numbers. Kenya has been marked by the U.S. State department yearly trafficking report as a tier 2 source, transit and destination for human trafficking. Tier 2 means that Kenya has been placed on a watch list due to how little action is being taken to solve this problem in the country.
Women in Kenya are more susceptible of becoming victims of human trafficking when they are not economically developed enough to take care of themselves or their families. They can then potentially be conned into false job opportunities by human trafficking syndicates.
When Treasure Box Kids was first established in 2008 Carolyn Bailey, founder of TBK, made it her mission for her company to be a socially responsible company. “I believe that a for-profit company should also be socially responsible and help people as much as it reasonably can,” said Bailey.
Bailey embarked on this new mission beginning with a line of quality children’s clothing that is manufactured ethically in The United States, which debuted in August of 2015. Later that year Bailey officially partnered with Tembo Trading Education Project to start to develop the Kenyan initiative.
Tembo Trading Education Project is a non-profit organization based in Washington State. Their mission is to provide excellence in education for financially impoverished children in Kenya. After ten years of working in Kenyan communities, they have learned that without economic development and/or education, women can become prey to human traffickers or can become sex workers.
“Tembo Trading Education Project is excited to be working with Treasure Box Kids to lift up the women and children of Kenya. TTEP focuses on education, providing girls and women hope, an opportunity for choices and a better life. Part of our holistic approach to humanitarian work includes economic development. This is where Treasure Box Kids comes in. They are providing employment opportunities for women thereby preventing them from falling prey to human trafficking and enables women to put their children in school and care for them,” said Dr. Laura Akre, MBA, PHD Co-Founder of TTEP.
The Kenyan initiative is beginning with the Infinity Scarf line for women.This line of scarves is made in a small woman owned shop in Nakuru,Kenya. The development of this line will help to empower the owner and seamstress. The more successful this line becomes, the more seamstresses will be necessary for production and this expansion will help to employ more women.
The funds procured from the Infinity Scarf line will help fuel our efforts towards our Little Maisha line. The name Little Maisha was chosen because “maisha” means life in Swahili. The Little Maisha line is dedicated to the idea of little clothes changing lives.We love fashions, but we also love helping those who can’t necessarily help themselves. The Little Maisha line will be a children’s clothing line that will be manufactured in Nairobi, Kenya. It will consist of girls and boys clothing, traditional in design with a moderate price point.
Having both a women’s scarf line made in Nakuru, Kenya and a children’s clothing line made in Nairobi, Kenya will allow us to make more of a widespread difference in the country. It will also allow us to change the lives of even more women, and their families. This will help more women to move out of the slum areas where they are currently living and give hope to a bright future for them and their families. The women will be able to afford to send their children to school, to get a proper education which will help them to stay out of impoverishment and thus ensuring future generations a better and safer life. Only with economic development and education can we together help to fight against Human Trafficking and rid the world of this terrible monster.
Samples from the new Line
Together this partnership between Treasure Box Kids and Tempo Trading Education Project will change lives in Kenya with the new clothing line, Little Maisha.