Green Nettle Textile, a Kenyan company, has been named among winners of the 2019 Global Change Award.
The award by H&M Foundation celebrates innovators within the fashion industry who create products to protect the planet and our living conditions.
The company whose co-founders are Jonah Mwangi, Esther Muthoni, Sophia Mwai, and Susan Macharia had the mission to address environmental issues faced in areas riddled with thin soil and also sloppy.
Such areas have had difficulty in carrying out irrigation as well as creating sustainable fashion products for many.
“Winning the Global Change Award and the grant means our project will get the global recognition and credibility we need to scale up our business and engage more local partners.
The mentorship gives us opportunities to improve our product lines and, in the end, our, production costs. The grant, however, will be used to prepay farmers, improve our production facilities, to benchmark and research,” says Jonah Mwangi from Green Nettle Textile.
Besides, winners of the award get access to a one-year innovation accelerator program provided by H&M Foundation in partnership with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, taking them to Stockholm, New York and Hong Kong.
The program also gives access to virtual coaching sessions during the year. This setup brings significant value to the winners and has proven to cut years off the development timeline.
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