IPS and Made In Prisons IVS establish a global partnership to support the CARCEL project with the sole interest of supporting the achievement of social impact, through capacity building and salaries to the women in prison.
CARCEL is a new Copenhagen-based fashion label, manufactured by women in prison. Going where the best and most sustainable materials in the world meet the highest rate of poverty-related crime, they transform lost time into fair wages, skills and hopes of a better future. With this production set up it’s possible to make a difference, while providing customers with high-quality designs that last.
At the moment, production is taking place in Peruvian prisons, making use of available raw materials, namely of baby alpaca wool.
Most women in developing countries are incarcerated due to poverty-related crimes. They’re predominantly young, poor, single mothers with a low level of education and income.
After visiting Peruvian prisons and realizing that they were already sewing and knitting, but had no access to a market, neither were they able to sell their products, CARCEL team turned this wasted time into skills and paid jobs, so imprisoned women can support themselves, send their children to school, save up for a crime-free beginning and ultimately, break the cycle of poverty.
“We believe in the power and future of Slow Fashion and keep our collections simple and strong, introducing new styles one at a time”, said this project mentor, Veronica D’Souza.
IPS_Innovative Prisons Systems engages in this endeavor in the framework of its socially responsible business practice and has no financial gains nor ownership in the activities carried out by this partner.