Born out of response to the migrant crisis in 2013 and winner of the All Ireland Universities social enterprise competition (Enactus).
Joshua Doyle and Lye Ogunsanya founded the #Houseofakina while studying in Dublin City University. #Houseofakina Social Enterprise creates hand made, Limited Edition accessories where profits are used for workshops to support and educate marginalised Migrant Women in Ireland. Using creativity to show best practice of integrating new communities while challenging the status quo.
#Houseofakina products promote inclusion through their design, Creates employment through their creation and the Profits help to support integrating new communities; via programs and capacity building workshops.
#HOUSEOFAKINA Has received THREE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE Awards INCLUDING THE SEI MINNOVATION FUND and the INNERCITY ENTERPRISE FUND in 2015 and 2016.
#HOUSEOFAKINA - THE 3 Es
Education (via workshop)
Our profits are used to run training and educational workshops for women living in direct provisions centres across Ireland.
Empowerment (via Employment)
We are giving access to a safe job and sustainable income.
Ethical (via Production)
#Houseofakina is committed to designing products that are carefully hand-made and more than respects the fair trade standards. Ethical wages are paid to our makers. Our products are hand made locally which creates a chain of good between our people and our local economy.