In an effort to build better business practices we have established a Social Responsibility Initiative program at Mungo. Which actively involves a voluntary group of Mungo staff members. Every month we meet to brainstorm and plan ways in which we can empower and uplift the communities within which we operate. By the beginning of 2019, 1% of our annual turnover will be put towards carefully chosen initiatives.
Kids of Kurland Kikoi Project
“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela
Last month, we began our first fundraising activation in partnership with the Kids of Kurland Foundation – a non profit charity-run school project that helps provide education to children in Kurland Village. The Crags Primary school has been allocated too few teachers to cope with the educational needs and number of students that now attend the school. With the aim to provide a full salary to support an additional teacher, we started the KOK Kikoi Project – the design and sale of a special Mungo Kikoi (with the same specs as the South Kikoi), of which all profits will be donated to this cause.
On the 6th of August, fourteen children from The Crags Primary School visited the Mungo Mill for a skills and development workshop with the aim of designing their own kikoi. The workshop was conducted by Janet, one of the KOK founders and director of Mungo’s SRI and Lenore our designer. The workshop began with an educational tour around the mill. Nicolette, our weaving supervisor, showed the children the looms and explained the weaving process.
Afterwards, Lenore explored colour theory and introduced some palette selection techniques using cut out frames to isolate colour combinations in magazines. Once the colours were selected, they were matched to cones of yarn. Each student was given graph paper and taught to lay out the stripes of their Kikoi using different scales. Two and a half hours later and it definitely looks like we have some future textile designers in the making!
Right now, Lenore is in the process of converting all the students’ designs into simulations which will go through our panel of judges (the Mungo Team). The winning design will be woven off and sold in our shops, with all profits of the KOK Kikoi going towards supporting education at the Crags Primary School by funding an additional teacher.