A adventure

In 2008, Lygo opened a responsible sewing workshop in Africa. What a  funny   idea ?

Business what ?  social !

Let's remember !

At the end of the 2000s, sustainable development was more about individual behavior than business practices  framed. Cost-killers are in fashion. They respond to consumer demand with “always cheaper” purchasing policies without considering the human or environmental cost. 

For 10 years, social business has made its mark  gradually.

About ten years ago, companies started looking for suppliers who took into account their social and environmental impact. At the beginning we talked about "green washing" as if it was only going to be a passing fad. 

Ecological and fair sourcing the new challenge for companies

Today it seems dangerous not to take into account its impact if we want to satisfy our customers.

It has even been shown that companies that choose sustainable development are more efficient and more sustainable.

Canettes écrasées
Pollution environnementale
Nettoyage de la plage

This is for Africa !

We did it

We have proven that we can manufacture quality products in Africa,  affordable price & in very short time

Create development  in Africa since 2008

Create jobs for the poorest in Africa

  In 2008, Lygo was one of the pioneering companies by launching a company built around a social project. The initial idea was to manufacture quality products in Africa, inexpensive and with a design adapted to European standards.

Initially we had built a range of products intended for distribution networks specializing in fair trade. But it didn't work. The first years nevertheless made it possible to refine our positioning and in 2004, we produced our first advertising travel pouches for the VOYAGER AUTREMENT agency. This first order prompted us to push the idea of positioning ourselves on the promotional item market by offering an alternative to Asian industrial manufacturing.

   AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE PRODUCTIONS OF   ASIAN MASS

This refocusing has paid off. It made it possible to work with our first large customers and to set up productions of more than 50,000 products. We were able to sustain 25 jobs for people from extreme poverty. Our dual positioning as a manufacturer and social enterprise has received a favorable response beyond the initial scope of tourism.

   Our desire was to adapt to the existing situation in order to build a strategy based on field experience. Of course it was a long apprenticeship.

Manufacturing was first subcontracted to an existing workshop that employs people with disabilities.

This approach, certainly audacious, allowed us to create a viable production structure in a short time and flexible in terms of volume of work. We were able to focus on the quality of work and delivery times.

FOCUS ON QUALITY AND DELIVERY TIMES

   This is how we integrated 3 subcontracted workshops and acquired our first loyal customers.

We have put in place specifications that include social obligations. We took a lot of time to write it with the stakeholders. From this experience, we keep the habit of formalizing relations in writing with our stakeholders.

   In 2015, we made the decision to integrate part of the production by creating our own responsible textile production unit.

We were keen to secure our manufacturing processes. To have a style office to create bespoke products. And above all to master our social project.

We also needed to improve the quality of our products and strengthen the training of seamstresses. We have set up literacy courses in partnership with the AVA association and volunteers.

IMPROVE PRODUCT QUALITY THROUGH PROFESSIONAL TRAINING.

    In the pursuit of the progress of our social and quality approach, we have initiated the BCorp certification process, a public assessment of the impact of our company. In 2016 we finalized the BCorp certification process and two years later we were honored to be among the best Bcorps in the world recognized for our social impact on local populations.

 

   Always attentive to the demands of our customers, we are now engaged in the production of ecological packaging and cosmetics.

Why  africa  ?

"That's a question I get asked a lot. To be honest  I think that very young I understood that I was lucky to be a woman,  Western, educated and free.

 

It was by claiming this that I realized that much of the rest of the world does not live in this ease and freedom. This is the case in Africa. The development was my favorite subject economics. It did not seem wise to attempt the adventure of building an economic model based on solidarity.

For 15 years Africa has taught me but that life is good there. That poverty is a problem, but it doesn't always make you unhappy. That a simpler life can be a happy life.

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