About About About
Restart Africa is a charity based in Gilgil, Kenya, that aims to rescue desperate homeless children from the streets of Kenya, where drugs, violence and prostitution are rife, to provide these children with a home, education, care and counselling, and to uplift and empower the community by providing work opportunities.

These opportunities include a briquette making operation that provides the Centre with all its fuel requirements, and generates some income through local sales; Sanata Women's Group making bags, shoes and jewellery; our own agricultural plot supplying vegetables to the Centre and the village; and an extensive herb garden that produces holistic medicinal treatments.

These all help to support the running costs and work of Restart, and aim to provide worthwhile employment for the local community.  This in turn enables people to earn money, and gain stability, security and self-respect.  Workers, some of whom are Restart Centre graduates, learn to use skills old and new, and make an independent livelihood.

The Sanata Women’s Group (SWG) was set up in 2009, with the aim of employing and empowering the women of Gilgil by utilising their fine needlework and artistic skills – probably learnt from their mothers at an early age. The new venture started with around 45 women who were recruited by word of mouth.  They were given extra training to develop their skills, and we now employ around 30 women on a regular basis in our workshop, with others now able to work from home, providing them with independence and security in a town with limited opportunities.

In collaboration with Ethical Fashion, an international UN backed organisation which connects small and often remote groups of artisans with the international fashion world, we have won several international design contracts from prestigious fashion houses all over the world, including Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Karen Walker and Sass & Bide.

Now under our own label of SWG, we are a highly efficient and respected supplier of stunning bags, both beaded and screenprinted, jewellery, sandals, belts, dog collars and accessories, all crafted using a combination of ancient skills and innovative modern techniques.  Have a look at our products and contact us if you’d like to buy any!

SWG also makes a range of strong, reusable, carrier bags in different sizes and fabrics, which can be screen-printed with any design, both in small and large quantities.

We are always looking for new markets for our products, and would love to hear from retailers who would be interested in stocking our stunning designs. If you would like to place an order, please email us at: swg@restartafrica.org