Meet our founder
I am Elizabeth Gomez, Founder of Facil Clothing – an ethical business producing underwear for kids, men and women where every purchase provides employment for marginalised young women in Gambia.
It started with our sewing centre in Kanifing, The Gambia. Established in 2017, We trained disadvantaged youths in industrial sewing to make underwear and after selling over 1,000 of them in 6 months, we knew we were onto something. People understood that if you're committed to ending poverty, you must create jobs, and do so for youths and women.
The centre provides fair employment for our sewing team, predominantly women, empowering them to protect their families, gain a lifelong skill and embrace hope for a better future.
Investing in Women
Women comprise 95% of our staff at Facil Clothing, but globally they often hold the lowest paid, lease secure jobs. Yet we know women invest twice as much of their income into their families compared to men. When a woman is economically empowered, her children and community thrive, making her crucial to eradicating poverty.
Facil Clothing is committed to ensuring every woman receives treatment and compensation reflective of her immense worth.
We are committed to providing fair employment under excellent working conditions, which includes:
- Paid full sewing training covering every step of the garment making process
- A 35 hour work week to ensure plenty of time for family and life outside of work
- Living wages with paid holiday leave, maternity care and overtime pay
- A clean, well ventilated, light and beautiful working environment.
I firmly believe that sustainable economies develop from businesses that operate fairly and ethically and create products that people want. Growing up in The Gambia, I've seen how much both corruption and aid can distort markets, resulting in wasted resources and unsustainable livelihoods. At Facil, we hope that by paying fair wages and making a product that our customers truly love, we will be helping to support a long-term, sustainable economy in The Gambia.