This is a long overdue post as we are nearing our 8th anniversary, we thought it would be important to share how things have been for us during the pandemic. To be totally honest, it has felt like watching something we had worked so hard to build, slip away slowly, with very little power to stop it! We have felt helpless at some points, but our spirit told us to not give up.
In September, we had to say goodbye to our factory in Cameroon. Our hearts ached knowing just how much we had built there; a community, a family full of talented people. People just like us, people we wanted to nurture. When the pandemic first hit, our staff were forced to isolate as their safety was our main concern but none of us imagined just how bad this situation would be.
We tried and tried, but it just became too difficult to operate from Cameroon. Airlines were shutdown, leaving our cargo stranded in the country for months. We also had to cover the costs of the wages for our staff as there was no government support available. By September, we sadly had to make the decision to cease all operations in our homeland. At this point I had one of those 'what do I do now?' moments, this factory was our beginning, our home, where some of our seamstresses and tailors made our first ever garments! Right now, our clothes are being produced in Nigeria, but we are hoping that one day soon, Grass-fields can return home.
It would mean a lot to us if you could share our pieces with your family and friends, and continue to support us because the more we grow, the more we can invest back in communities back home.