Most of EthiCAL’s profits are lent out as microloans to entrepreneurs all over the world who do not have access to traditional financial institutions. We lend through Kiva, a non-profit microfinance organization that provides entrepreneurs zero-interest loans and financial literacy skills to help grow their businesses and local economies. So far, we’ve lent over $6,000 to entrepreneurs all over the world.
Countries Lent To
Our Most Recent Loans
Duyen hopes the loan will help her family tend the coffee field well, and that the coming harvest of coffee will double productivity, like the previous harvest, to improve the living conditions of her family.
Javier’s dream is to help small businesses in PR increase sales, especially after Hurricane Maria, and be able to provide access to small businesses all over the world to know their clients and create relationships with them.
Plate Craft Catering is a made-from-scratch catering company in the SF Bay Area using seasonal and local ingredients. Her current goal is to move into her own kitchen.
Our Kiva Loan Portfolio
Our Environmental Impact
At Ethical Apparel we care about our environmental impact as well as our social impact. We partner with Hae Now, an organic and fair trade T-shirt manufacturer. A growing number of items in our line are now organic and fair trade and any custom orders can be made with organic and fairly traded fabric.
Why Fair Trade?
The fair trade movement helps pay workers a living wage, and also ensures a safe and healthy working environments. Fair trade also supports sustainable practices that can minimize environmental impact. It is an important step to reduce global poverty.
Why Organic Cotton?
Organic cotton is GMO free, grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and chemical defoliants. The processing uses less resources and is free of heavy metal dyes and harsh chemicals. The end result is a comfortable shirt that is good for the environment.