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BY BUYING SHADESHARES SUNGLASSES YOU HELP EDUCATE AND EMPLOY YOUNG PEOPLE IN KENYA AND SUPPORT IMPORTANT FINNISH CHARITY WORK.


WHAT WE DO

Responsible Manufacture and Design

Shadeshares are quality sunglasses made of wood with polarized UV protection lenses. All of our sunglasses, down to every single detail, are made in SOS Children’s Village in Nairobi, Kenya. Our workshop is currently training and employing 12 youngsters who spent their childhood in the Kariobang slum. They are taught and tutored by Henry, who is in charge of our production in Kenya.  

Participating in World Vision’s youth programme in Kenya, these young people get valuable working-life skills and professional training. Shadeshares pays them salary.


Shadeshares sunglasses are made from environmentally sustainable materials, and the manufacturing chain is open and transparent. We know who works at our workshop and when and how these people do their work. We make sure that they have proper working conditions.

The head designer of Shadeshares sunglasses is Laura, who works in Finland. She is assisted by our Kenyan designer Ernest.


OUR STORY

Shadeshares is the long-time dream of Finnish technology entrepreneur Jan-Erik Westergård and his Kenyan wife Veronica. During their numerous visits in Kenya, Jan-Erik and Veronica have met local slum youth, as well as people from organisations helping them. They wanted to start something purposeful to help the young people living in Kenyan slums improve their lives through education and work. In 2017, a group of Finnish entrepreneurs joined Jan-Erik and Veronica and Shadeshares was established. The first Shadeshares product is quality sunglasses made of wood.

Our Finnish-Kenyan team puts its heart and soul, as well as solid professional expertise, to the design, product development, marketing, sales and communications related to these products.

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Meet our employee Elizabeth! Let’s share shades! #shadeshares #youthempowerment #Worldvision #wooden #sunglasses #Kariobangi #BuruBuru #sosvillage

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Kuka lähtee messiin Pekan ja Shadesharesin kanssa Afrikkaa metsittämään? #shadeshares #fightback #treeplanting #together

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An interview with Brian’s mother Millicent and her thoughts on Shadeshares. How has Shadeshares impacted your son’s life? “Shadeshares is his first main job that I know. Shadeshares has positively impacted my son’s life. After he started working at Shadeshares, he moved to his own house and

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1 week ago

Ensimmäiset 4000 puuntainta istutettu! SWD on huolissaan ilmastonmuutoksesta ja siitä, millaisen planeetan jätämme tuleville sukupolville. Olemme tehneet uuden vuoden lupauksen olla hiilineutraali viimeistään vuoteen 2022 mennessä. Siihen liittyy SWD:n hiilijalanjäljen pienentäminen ja Afr

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1 week ago

Manse-rockin vankkumaton fani Satu upeat Eppu Normaali-lasit päässään. Hyvän tekeminen sekä globaalisti että Suomessa puhutti. #shadeshares #eppunormaali #minunaurinkolasit #suomenmielenterveysseura #sekasinchat

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Lähde metsittämään Afrikkaa kanssamme! Shadesharesin arvoihin ja tavoitteisiin on alusta pitäen kuulunut oman yrityksemme nolla hiilijalanjälki. Istuttamalla puita Afrikkaan voimme lisäksi tarjota työtä ja uusia elämisen mahdollisuuksia. Barack Obaman sanoin: ‘Emme Euroopassa ymmärrä

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Shadeshares team building day followed by some delicious food. #shadeshares #ourteam #together

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1 month ago

Kiitos, VMP Suomi, että lähditte mukaan tekemään hyvää! #shadeshares #VMP #together

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1 month ago

Shadeshares tarina upeiden SW Development-lasien kera aamupalalla. Kiitos, että mukana olette! #shadeshares #swdevelopment #together

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1 month ago

Huikeaa, että ALSO mukana. Suunitellaan yhdessä upeat ALSO-lasit ja tehdään hyvää!😎 #shadeshares #also #together

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1 month ago

Kiitos @backstagerockshop, että olette mukana. Sami jo omat Eppu Normaali-lasit hankkinut. Kiitos siitä! #shadeshares #eppunormaali

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1 month ago

Shadeshares Christmas party with our amazing team members and their families. A bit of football followed by a meal together. 🎁🎅🏼 #shadeshares #christmasparty #ourteam #together

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1 month ago

Shadeshares visiting The Embassy of Finland in Nairobi, Kenya. Thank you, Anni Mandelin. Looking forward to working together closely in the future😎❤ #shadeshares #finnishembassy #together

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1 month ago

Happy Independance Day Finland from Kenya. Practising with the Kenyan Olympic ice-hockey team. Shadeshares supporting their journey to the next Olympic Games. Watch out Beijing in 2022😎❤ #shadeshares #olympicteam #beijing2022 #icehockey #together

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1 month ago

Top management of @pauligfi rocking their Shadeshares glasses in Kiambu, Kenya. Thank you for being part of our journey. #shadeshares #paulig #together

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1 month ago

Shadeshares just met the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta. Looking forward to working together with her. #shadeshares #beyondzero #together

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1 month ago

The entire Shadeshares team thanks you once again for the clothes and toys that were donated! ❤😎 #shadeshares #ourteam #together

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1 month ago

Meet our trainee Mercyline! Let’s share shades! #shadeshares #youthempowerment #Worldvision #wooden #sunglasses #Kariobangi #BuruBuru #sosvillage

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1 month ago

Pirkkalan kunta. Ensimmäinen kunta, jolle saimme Shadeshares-lasit tehdä. Kiitos teille, että lähditte mukaan tarinaa kanssamme tekemään. #shadeshares #pirkkala #together

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WORLD VISION AND FINNISH CHARITABLE CAUSES

As the name suggests, Shadeshares is about sharing the good: 30% of the sunglasses’ sales price is donated to charity in Kenya and Finland.

Our international cooperation partner is World Vision.  20% of every pair of Shadeshares sunglasses sold is directly spent on supporting the professional education and employment of young people living in the Kariobang slum.

In addition, 10% of the sunglasses’ sales price is donated to a Finnish charity. At the moment, the supported Finnish charities include FightBack ry, the Mannerheim League of Child Welfare’s Helpline for children and youth, HOPE ry, Icehearts , the Children and Youth Foundation’s initiative GLOW, and the Tampere Conservatoire’s scholarship programme.

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