We provide a bridge to social and economic integration for people in need, especially immigrant women, while greening our community.
Founded in 2002, EcoEquitable Inc. (EE) is an award-winning, sewing-based charity and social enterprise that provides a bridge to social and economic integration for low-income women, particularly immigrants and newcomers, while at the same time greening the community. We envision an inclusive and sustainable society where all can realize their full potential.
EE started as a sewing community and women’s cooperative. Over time, more people came to EE requesting courses, employment and entrepreneurial supports. Over the last 10 years, the organization has grown and matured its offerings.
As a charitable organization, EE’s flagship program is an employment training program called Sewing for Jobs (SFJ). SFJ focuses on skill-building through hands-on experience and lessons taught by professional sewists with a focus on community-building and mentorship. Over 10 months participants are taught the foundations of industrial sewing in a supportive community where they are encouraged to vocalize their needs, be themselves, and explore opportunities previously unknown to them.
As a social enterprise, EE has developed several business lines to financially support the charitable work that we do. We have a production room that employs graduates from the SFJ program. We offer contract sewing services for designers and small businesses; we sew conference bags and promotional materials; and we also offer a variety sewing workshops to the public. We are the only textile recycler in Ottawa, recycling over 10,000 lbs of textiles annually as a profitable business. Our Flagbearer fashion line has been featured at several professional maker shows, including Toronto’s One of a Kind Show and Ottawa’s Signatures.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
EcoEquitable has developed several business lines to financially support the charitable work that we do. EcoEquitable provides contract sewing services for small designers and businesses. We sew conference bags and promotional materials. We also help designers develop their vision and translate it into full collections. We also offer intermediate and advanced sewing workshops to the public.
It’s an important word. For newcomers to Canada, it means long-term fiscal independence; and for the environment, it means a society living within its means. Either way, sustainability translates into hope for the future. And at EcoEquitable, that is our sole mission.
For the past ten years, we’ve provided employment and skills training for new immigrant women and underemployed while diverting harmful waste from our landfills. With your help we will continue for many years to come.