This innovative return-to-work programme helps unemployed women get back into work by teaching them to knit under the guidance of an instructor. This helps to restore their confidence in the future and puts them on the path to vocational training or a job.
Now in its third year the Love Maille initiative is a partnership between Jacadi, which designed eight timeless babywear patterns for babies aged 3 to 6 months, Phildar, which donated its best quality wool, and ten women trained and supported by Amitié Partage who knitted this 300-piece collection comprising embroidered sweaters, bootees, hats – and a miniature sweater for Martin the teddy bear, a Jacadi emblem.
The knitters can be proud of their creations: the collection was very well received by the brand’s customers and 211 pieces were sold (versus 94 the previous year). Of the more than 5,200 euros donated in 2017 to Amitié Partage, 3,642 euros came from this collection!
Yet another way for Jacadi to show its commitment to the community – by helping mums and their children!
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Preparations are already underway for the next campaign with 300 new pieces in the pipeline. The initial prototypes are done and Ursula and Aleksandra, respectively designer and pattern-maker at Jacadi, are busy working with the knitters. For this new collection the wool will be supplied by Fonty, a French spinning mill committed to sustainable development whose products are 100% made in France. The new collection will be available in October 2018.
The social integration charity supports some of the poorest families in Roubaix by helping individuals and groups to find work, providing emergency basics for 600 of the most disadvantaged families, organizing cultural workshops for children and their parents, and supporting older children with their education.