Starting a new project or business is always filled with obstacles and unknowns, and as an entrepreneur, you are never sure whether you are doing it ‘right’. The path is filled with different daily challenges, like building a team, finding customers, developing products and services that people really love, and taking care of all the administration.
The challenge is even bigger when you are building a social business – that is, a business that prioritises impact on society and the environment above making profit. This means that you have to constantly re-evaluate whether what you are doing is really making a difference.
For the past two years, our team at Social Fabric has been working hard to build a great social business that has a positive impact on our community, and that can also scale in the future to have a real and measurable impact on society. We want to change the way people interact with their clothes and other textile products by bring their production and care closer to home, and making all the parts of the supply chain visible.
On the other hand, we have been working on creating local social impact by building an innovative integration project with people from a refugee background. We have been running weekly social integration programmes for refugees, and also now have three people from a refugee background on our team. This has been a very enriching experience, and we plan to expand our social and work integration project over the coming year.
Although there is a lot of intrinsic gratification in being part of a movement like Social Fabric, it is also nice to receive some outside validation now and then. That is why our whole team felt proud and honoured to receive the Swiss Ethics Prize on Tuesday evening, which is awarded to innovative projects in Switzerland that have a positive impact on society and the environment. We were selected from among a pool of 30 nominees.
We would also like to thank all of you, our community, for being a part of our journey over the past two years. We hope that you will continue to be a part of our movement for years to come.
Many thanks, and all the best for now,
Heather, Helka, Cisse, Carola, Bijoux, Zaid, and Justine