Catalyst partners with cooperatives around the world to provide a mutually-beneficial global marketplace. We work with our partners to understand their needs and their desires for their business. We collaborate and communicate with our partnership leaders often to ensure that fair wages and safe working environments are established and maintained for all workers. We pay our suppliers in advance of production to ensure our partners are able to maintain consistent, sustainable orders. Your continued support of Catalyst products provides safe, dignified jobs for women around the world.
Our scrubs are made by our partners in the slums of India, and our accessories are made by partners who are survivors of genocide in Rwanda. Please visit and subscribe to our blog to learn more about our partners, their cultures, how they make their products, and the difference they are making in their own lives and in their communities.
As we grow, we are always looking to identify new partners in new communities. If you have an idea or can connect us with partners who would be interested in our business model, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though the caste system of societal hierarchy has been banned in India for some time, the culture still remains in highly populated Indian communities. Women are often considered to be less valuable than men, are offered little opportunity for earning income, and are easy targets of violence. To support their families in these desperate situations, women can be forced to sell their own children into slavery or sell themselves into prostitution. Without economic opportunity, the cycle of poverty, oppression and violence is doomed to repeat itself for generations.
In 2012, an Indian man had the dream to create a garment factory as an economic alternative to slavery and prostitution. Twenty-two women were taught to sew, and their men's shirts were so popular that they were able to open 2 retail stores. Funds from the business, Alpha Fashions, not only provided these women with sustainable income but also a safe working environment and a sense of value. The funds generated from shirt sales also helped provide the resources to build over forty-four schools, providing education for 5,000 children living in the slum. Catalyst scrubs is proud to partner with this enterprise to provides dignified, sustainable work to these talented women and their families. Visit the Alpha Fashions website to see their line of men's shirts and learn more about the cooperative.
More than Sparrows is a cooperative in Kigali, Rwanda comprised of vulnerable women, most of them struggling with being trapped in the sex-worker industry due to extreme poverty. Most of these women are suffering with HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases. These women are considered to be at the bottom of the Rwandan social ladder, and besides financial and health challenges, they also have to face contempt on a daily basis from their fellow citizens.
More than Sparrows desires to serve the women through a holistic approach - addressing their social, economic, physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs. Their vision is to help every family in the cooperative to gain an income which will allow them to leave a life of prostitution and still be able to send their children to school and pay for medical insurance, food, and rent. The opportunity to create beautiful things with their hands and receive a dignified wage for their creations helps to restore their dignity and gives them the courage to break the cycle of poverty. Catalyst scrubs is proud to partner with the survivors of More than Sparrows and feature their artistry in our line of accessories. Visit The Sparrow Studio to see many other beautiful handmade piece available for purchase from this cooperative.
In 2012, two couples in Colorado had the radical idea to combat human trafficking by providing sustainable jobs in Nepal. That idea became Purnaa, a social enterprise providing training and jobs to the women in Kathmandu. Purnaa is committed to profitability, social change, environmental responsibility and spiritual health. Women in Nepal are often viewed as having no worth, making them disposable pieces of property in their families. Purnaa is committed to teaching Nepali women that they are loved and valued, and creating an environment where they can be safe to learn and grow as skilled workers. Purnaa strives educate their employers and their community that everyone is created equal.