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Fabric Aid

Fabric Aid

Lebanon

Still operating

Launched in 2017

Competition

Competition

Track

Track

Rank

Rank

Arab Startup Competition 2018

Social Entrepreneurship Track

1st Runner Up




Competition

Arab Startup Competition 2018: Social Entrepreneurship Track - 1st Runner Up

Description

FabricAID collects, sorts, and redistributes clothes to disadvantaged communities at microprices ($0.3-$2 per item). Our goal is to deliver good quality clothing into the hands of people who need them, while reducing fabric waste. We collect new and gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories through our network of smart clothing collection bins located all over Lebanon, by buying items from NGOs who receive clothing donations, and through partnerships with businesses and organizations. Only items in good condition are selected for redistribution. They are sorted into 46 categories, cleaned, and packaged. The vast majority of the items collected are sold at pop-up markets that we set up in underdeveloped neighborhoods, and at FabricAID’s own permanent shops. Clothes that are not fit for resale are sold in bulk to existing second-hand clothing stores. We also shred items into raw materials that can be used in furniture and construction industries. To empower the creative community, we’ve established our own upcycled fashion brand, RemAID, a collaboration between local designers, disadvantaged tailors, and international brands, which sells at special fashion exhibitions.
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Founders

Omar Itani / CEO , Hussam Hanouni , Lynn Abi Aad / Branding and Design

Team members

Tamara Ghandour / Partnership manager
Nour Bassam / Sourcing

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Funding

  • 2017 - UNISEF Impact Accelerator - $20,000