Koha Apparel is a not-for-profit, pay-as-you-can retail experience, using repurposed apparel. Our mission is repurposing quality clothing for those in need. Whilst also aiming to reduce the amount of clothing waste going to landfill. Koha Apparel began with rescuing the clothing from the op shop that would otherwise be destined for clothing bins — washed, repaired and sorted these garments. After partnering with Everybody Eats, in January 2019, Koha Apparel was born. Koha now distributes clothing and other necessities directly to those in need alongside Everybody Eats, LIFE Soup Kitchen and many others. Our pop-ups run once or twice a week serving approximately 440 people throughout the month and distributing over 4,000 items of clothing annually across Auckland, Wellington, Whangarei and Papamoa. We truly believe the social connection aspect is a huge part of what we do — bringing people together in our community from all walks of life, to access some very basic human needs. Creating space for these interactions and conversations can potentially change someones’ day or week for the better. Everyone should feel good in what they put on in the morning for whatever day they have ahead. We’re providing a service to our community where our customers can feel welcome and safe.
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