Premium paid to the makers for first time!

21 March 2018. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. When making awesome shoes to make you look at your best and walk confidently in style anytime anywhere, we want to make sure enjoying FAIR FRANKs benefit both you and the makers of your shoes! We set up our workers’ premium fund to make sure part of our sales go directly back to the communities where they are made, to the skilled artisans and employees at our partner Hafde just outside Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

What is it? The FAIR FRANK Workers’ Premium Fund
How was it set-up? Agreed between FAIR FRANK and Hafde’s owners and worker representatives.
How much is it? Every pair of FAIR FRANK shoes sold contribute 5 EUR to the fund.
How it is allocated? 60% of it is directly paid out equally to all makers of your shoes as a cash bonus, while 40% of it is paid towards development projects to benefit the makers’ communities. In May 2019 we announced our chosen development project partner is Reach for Change.

Sali Ahmed, Pickle & Wet Blue Product Senior Selector & Abebech Tadesse, Crust & Finished Product Selector
Gudina Assefa, Cutting Machine Operator & Asnaku Aweke, Shoe & Bag Worker

Together with the owners and worker representatives from Hafde we agreed to set-up the FAIR FRANK Workers’ Premium Fund. Part of it is paid out as a cash bonus on top of the makers’ regular salaries, while we contribute 40% of it to development projects benefiting their communities.

Last week, on Wednesday 21 March 2018, we were in Ethiopia and paid out the first part of this fund as a cash bonus to all the artisans involved in making your shoes at Hafde. They not only include the artisans crafting your shoes, but also the makers of the leather itself which is also made at Hafde.


“First cash bonus distribution of the FAIR FRANK workers’ premium fund:

11500 ETB = 342 EUR!”


Distributed equally to 115 employees at Hafde, incl. 23 Shoe & Bag Makers, 50 Leather Makers and 42 Other Admin & Maintenance Staff

Birtukan Aragawu, Crust Preparation Dryer & Measuring Machine Operator
Geresu Tadesse, Auxiliary Maintenance Mechanic
Solomon Dejene, Wet Machine Operator
Tiruwork Fekadu, Cutting Machine Operator
Mehamed Kemal, Treatment Plant Junior Operator
From the left: Gudina Assefa, Cutting Machine Operator, Asnaku Aweke, Shoe & Bag Worker, Werkinesh Kefeni, Shoe & Bag Worker, Alemitu G/Giorgis, Shoe & Bag Worker, Mulu Melesse, Shoe & Bag Worker

We are shoestatic to have been able to contribute to improving livelihoods of the makers of your shoes; and it is all because of YOU supporting us & enjoying our shoes! Thank you for your support.

– The FAIR FRANK team

“Ethically made with fresh designs and transparent price, FAIR FRANK is the next generation fair trade supporting communities in Africa”

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