Designers from 3form came to the arid sub-Saharan town of Ndem to collaborate with artisans in the local tailor shop. Inspired by scraps of colorful fabrics lying on the dirt floor of the shop 3form designers envisioned a dance of color and light that eventually became Ensign. Using foot powered sewing machines and irons heated by coal, the artisans create with care and precision and no electricity. Craftspeople like Mbayang create the lively and festive fabric chains to be encapsulated into Varia Ecoresin®.
Beyond product sourcing, the 3form Full Circle program supports the ongoing education of the people in this region of Senegal to become increasingly self reliant. 3form funds and oversees several programs to improve living conditions in and around Ndem, Senegal. 3form implemented self-sustaining micro-savings groups. These structured assemblies enable women in the community to support each other when financial needs arise—without any outside funding. Additionally, 3form supports the local community with specially engineered, solar-powered cell phone chargers. Providing power for communication between those working in the surrounding urban areas and their families, these cell phone chargers secure a small fee giving the women who manage them a much-needed source of income.