KOCO means Knit One garment Change One life. We are handknitting experts and handknit for global fashion brands.
Our company is B Corp Certified, which recognises our commitment to the highest social and environmental standards.
There are 17 United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Nine of them fit particularly with our business:
1. No poverty (UN Goal #1)
2. Zero hunger (UN Goal #2)
3. Good health and wellbeing (UN Goal #3)
4. Quality education (UN Goal #4)
5. Gender equality (UN Goal #5)
6. Clean water and sanitation (UN Goal #6)
7. Decent work and economic growth (UN Goal #8)
8. Reduced inequalities (UN Goal #10), and
9. Responsible consumption and production (UN Goal #12)
KOCO was established in Australia in partnership with women who live in rural villages of Tamil Nadu southern India. What began as a solution to producing handknitted garments offshore is now a sisterhood of artisans and a business with the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development entwined in our DNA.
We began with ten women, sitting on the floor of a home in a rural village. I didn’t speak Tamil, and the ladies didn’t speak English, but we were determined to make the business work.
KOCO is more than a manufacturing hub. We employ a lady, train her in the art and science of handknitting as well as reading English and mathematics.
The education and employment at KOCO are breaking the economic cycles in every village we set up our handknitting hubs.
Ladies, many of whom have never been to school, are gaining full-time employment and financial independence for themselves and their families. The flow-on benefits to the community are limitless.
Every day I hear stories of what the work means to our artisans. I see them blossoming into confident, strong women.
Bringing these ladies together has created a wonderful sisterhood. This connection is an integral part of the KOCO story which is touching the hearts of brands and consumers around the world. We are building a strong business run by women and a business of strong women which is handknitting the world together.
We have scaled the art of handknitting to a science able to produce commercial quantities of garments, all entirely handknitted. There is no machine intervention in our handknitting process, no waste and no carbon footprint.