The ABLE Origin Story
ABLE began in 2008, following a series of life-altering conversations, inspired determination, and, eventually, a small collection of handcrafted scarves.
“In Ethiopia we met women who had escaped from the commercial sex industry, and they asked us for help finding jobs that could provide stability and support for themselves and their families.”
ABLE’s founding family recognized that employment and a fair wage could offer this opportunity. So, they began hosting classes to train these women in the art of making scarves with the promise of a fair and livable wage.
With the launch of its first collection, a small selection of women’s scarves, ABLE became an immediate and inspiring success. Realizing that this was a viable path to eliminating poverty in these women’s communities, ABLE’s journey continued to Mexico, Brazil, India, and the U.S.
“People understood that if you’re committed to ending poverty, you must create jobs, and do so for women.”
Twelve years later, ABLE continues to transform the lives of the women it employs, offering support, stability, independence, and confidence to thousands of women, who handcraft some of the most desirable, ethically made women’s clothing on the market.