We are an organisation providing buoyancy vests to fishing communities in Africa.

 
 
 
 
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97% of fishers live in developing countries. 

Many of these fishers live in impoverished communities, where fishing is the primary source of food and income. 

Fishing is risky. 

34 million fishers worldwide are using traditional boats powered by sails and oars. Climate change has strengthened winds and caused rougher waters in many regions. In these conditions, traditional boats are prone to capsize.

Fishers have no access to affordable safety equipment.

After capsizing, fishers must swim long distances back to shore. With no life jackets, fishers quickly become exhausted. Sadly, many drown. Everyday, fishers decide whether to safeguard themselves and stay ashore or to risk their lives in order to provide for their families. 

 

 
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Fishing is dangerous, but I have to go in order to feed my family.
— Vernon, Madagascar
 

Vestability has designed an affordable buoyancy vest. 

 

The buoyancy vest can be hand made by a fisher, using common household waste: plastic bottles and rice sacks. 

They are quick and easy to make, and require minimum sewing expertise. 

 
Now when my boat capsizes, I can stay afloat. It is often a long way back to shore, but the buoyancy vest lets us make it back safely.
— Bonina, Madagascar
 

The buoyancy vests provide much needed safety equipment, whilst being environmentally friendly. 

 

Saving Lives

Our buoyancy vests save lives by reducing the incidence of drowning. The buoyancy vests prevents fishers from exhaustion in the water, enabling them to make it safely back to shore. 

Improving Welfare

The buoyancy vests aid fishers in lifting themselves out of poverty. The vests enable fishers to fish safely and more often, helping them to gain a more reliable source of income.

Environmentally Friendly

Our buoyancy vests use plastic waste. By up-cycling this waste, the vests reduce waste and pollution.