Swahlee began with a desire to create good, safe jobs for women in northeast India.
While working in international community development, I observed a pattern: when girls lack education and economic opportunities they are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
Later while working with an aftercare home for trafficked girls, I saw this same need for safe and fair employment options to prevent re-exploitation when the girls became young adults.
Realizing the potential of business as a strong and effective force for social change, Swahlee was birthed in 2018. Swahlee creates safe, ethical jobs for young women who face barriers to employment. The name Swahlee is based on the local word for “girl.”
The Swahlee team started with stitching women’s dresses – because they are a whole outfit in one piece! Based in India, home to many of the world’s best artisans and textiles, it was instinctive to begin with natural handloom fabric. From cloth founded in nature and steeped in tradition, the team at Swahlee crafts effortless, timeless styles for active, modern, global women.
- Andrea Stokes, Founder of Swahlee
Less is more when you have the right pieces. We craft timeless, versatile, and easy wardrobe essentials designed to simplify getting dressed.
Founded in Nature
Our sustainable capsule collection is made with all-natural artisan textiles and upcycled, repurposed fabrics. Our goal is to preserve traditional crafts and promote a circular textile economy. Learn more about our fabrics here.
We create career opportunities for women in northeast India who face barriers to safe, fair employment. We believe in the power of meaningful job creation to end poverty, impacting lives for generations to come. Meet our team here.
Learn more about Swahlee in our Journal.