The long awaited winning kikoi design from Hope Davids, a student of the Kurland school in Plettenberg Bay, has finally arrived! Designed at a workshop at our mill in August (read more about that here), it has now been produced and put onto our shelves, and you can buy it online here.
And it’s a real beauty – prominent tones of mustard yellow with some playful splashes of colour in pink and aqua blue that will make it especially popular with little adventurers. It’s the perfect bright & bold lightweight beach towel or picnic blanket for summer.
All profits from the sale of these kikois will be given to the Kids of Kurland project – a volunteer organisation focused on life & health skills education in The Crags community in Plettenberg Bay. A worthy recipient, the organisation facilitates programs on topics like AIDS, safety, functional behaviour and self empowerment.
The KOK kikoi project was the first official venture for our recently launched Mungo MOVE (Mungo’s Objective and Vision to Empower) program, spearheaded by Janet Holding – wife of our Master Weaver Stuart Holding – and a committee of other dedicated staff members. But while this KOK project served as the perfect starting point for MOVE, the plan for the program going forward is for a longer term and more impactful approach to giving back.
In 2019, Mungo will start to allocate 1% of its turnover to important causes in the local Plettenberg Bay community, especially in the underdeveloped area of Kurland Village where many of Mungo’s staff live. Afflicted by poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism and HIV, there are endless opportunities for a program like MOVE to engage and make a real difference to the lives of those who call it home.
By doing so Mungo will join a growing number of companies around the world pledging to actively support and finance projects focused on improving the social and environmental health of the communities in which their businesses operate. The international B-Corp certification is awarded to companies with a proven track record of doing just that, and it was this idea that inspired our our Managing Director Dax Holding to follow suit –
“B-corps are making a commitment to be the vessels of change – businesses that don’t just make a commitment to profit, but a commitment to using their influence to create a change in the way the whole structure of the economic environment works.”
It is the simple belief of Dax, and of companies like these, that the relationship between humans and the space in which they inhabit is symbiotic. It makes sense that it should therefore be the responsibility of businesses to give back to and improve the spaces in which they operate and benefit from, in order to perpetuate that relationship in a healthy and sustainable way.
Mungo and the MOVE committee are extremely excited about the potential for this program going forward, and the contribution we intend to make in the community that has enabled us to become the business we are today. Watch this space to find out about our upcoming plans and projects!