The African Shirt Company’s base of operations is the small village of Kiteghe, which is located about 200 kilometres from Mombasa in Taita Taveta County. Here, in an area with no electricity, each shirt is made with a manual sewing machine.
Founded by friends — Joan Hughes and Lindi Campbell-Cause — the idea behind The African Shirt Company is simple: to help provide an alternative and steady source of income in an area hard-hit by drought.
To date, the two have trained and employed four women from Kiteghe to make standard shirts from khanga and kikoy material. As the company grows, the pair hopes to employ more people and expand into neighbouring villages.
Photographs courtesy of The African Shirt Company.