Did you know that only 2% of the people making clothing in the fashion world earn a living wage? That means 98% of the clothes we wear are made by someone that cannot make ends meet, and 75% of them are women. These are women working 60-70 hours a week, six days a week, just to live. How crazy is that?

We can all do our part in empowering women and ending poverty. In today’s episode, we welcome Barrett Ward, the CEO of ABLE Clothing, and Marissa Pardo, ABLE’s VP of brand marketing. In order to continually and increasingly empower women, they make beautiful, long-lasting, wonderful products that we all want to buy, regardless of their mission. But doesn’t it also feel great when you know there’s a purpose or story tied to your every purchase? 

I’ve pretty much known Barry and Marissa since 2009 through Mocha Club, an international community committed to fighting extreme poverty in Africa. Aside from going down memory lane, we discuss how ABLE creates economic opportunities for women, which they believe is the key to ending generational poverty around the world.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • The importance of understanding cost per wear
  • What you can do to prevent things from landing in a landfill
  • How they define “responsibility” at ABLE
  • Who makes ABLE products locally and abroad
  • How their manufacturing process works

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