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Nest Grant Will Help Scale Nest Compliance in Africa

Since Nest‘s founding in 2006, we have been highly involved in projects that bring support to artisans across the African continent. Now coming off a busy 2017 conducting ethical compliance assessments in Kenya, Nest has been granted $50,000 from Humanity United to fund expansion of our efforts in Africa, allowing Nest to map our compliance model to local labor law across 6 countries: Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland and Ethiopia. The new grant will also support further data collection within the regions so that Nest and our partners can continue building data-driven, context-specific solutions to the challenges faced by handworkers across a wide range of geographies. Considering that an estimated 3 out of 4 women in Sub-Saharan Africa work in the informal sector, Nest sees a vital need to increase its support for the African-based artisan businesses who currently comprise 20% of our Artisan Guild network, representing thousands of women who stand to benefit from our compliance work.