Jessica: Our main goal is to implement a sustainable supply chain between Sri Lanka and Germany, connecting local artisans around Colombo with partners in Germany. What the artisans are struggling with is that their economic stability is more or less gone. This is connected to political issues, for example the Easter bombings of 2019 and the Covid-pandemic as well as the economic crisis in Sri Lanka. What the artisans need is work: Therefore, we decided to approach concept stores, interior designers, and sustainable warehouses in Germany that could be interested in the products from Sri Lanka. On the long run our goal is to move past the economic value and create a value for the communities as well.
Insha: I used to go in the community centres we are working with quite often. So one thing that I noticed, is that we have to think about their well-being. Keeping the communities interested is the hardest thing. We want to create awareness for the value that their products have. It is important to keep the interest alive, especially focusing on the younger generation. Our primary research is focused on that.
Jessica: If you look at other industries, for example Bangladesh, India and Cambodia: They are producing in a way that is unsustainable for the environment and the people. I am talking about health issues, mentally and physically. The artisans that we are working with are not exposed to such factors. So we really have to re-establish that kind of working in our world. You cannot have environmental sustainability without social sustainability, because it starts with the habits that people have.