Made IN – made BY (mimb) is a Social Business that through the conduction of clothing manufacture. It intends to offer fair working conditions to female immigrants facing disadvantages or difficulties in entering the labour market. The unemployment rate is generally higher among non Austrian female citizens. Furthermore, women are more affected by poverty than men. mimb tackles these problems, strives to improve their social and economic situation and tries to encourage immigrant women to find productive self-realization. Through a hybrid strategy, mimb intends to promote the sustainability of its business. On the one hand mimb will produce for designers and companies with social and environmental concerns. On the other hand mimb will establish its own label making use of organic/local resources.
All women involved in the project so far had major importance and influence to the achievement of the activities that we have accomplished so far. In this way, our main success was the establishment of a committed, creative, and generous team. Our key moment was definitely our first meeting at the NGO Lefö on June 2011, where we got to know each other and decided to start together the mimb activities.
At the moment, we are evaluating our activities and planning strategies to improve our future work.
Our main goals for 2012 are to start capital by investing on machines, sewing material and wages (grants, prizes), to involve two more skilled seamstresses, to get our next sewing workshop funded through respekt.net. Moreover we want to produce our own designs, to develop a stronger network and to achieve start-up level.
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