iota is a social-business, both ecologically and socially conscious, with a commitment to sustainability and community support. iota aims to work within communities with high rates of unemployment, and provide mentoring and training programs for both men and women.
iota teaches methods of re-appropriating traditional craft techniques and as a result, the apprentices create handmade elements which then turn into the final design, and earn for their living.
We work with talented people with no prospect of employment, giving those opportunities as we invest in their training and mentorship. We give our employees the option of working from home and reward them with fair pay, while creating a sense of community and empowerment. We believe that a skill, if utilized, can have rewarding qualities; rewarding to the product that is created as a one of a kind element; and rewarding to the craftsperson, whose skill makes him an expert, and therefore meaningful. This empowerment, deriving from owning a skill, is what we strive to preserve and enhance.
Our production process is completely transparent, and we absolutely condemn child labor and sweat shop environment.
The majority of profits from iota’s product sales will be invested in welfare and educational programs worldwide.