SINGAPORE – Fancy a gold-plated brass necklace hammered smooth by nimble-fingered artisans from Kenya? The only thing that could make the piece more valuable is knowing that the craftsmen were paid fairly for their work – three times more than what they usually earn, in fact.

The weighty accessory is from Ashepa Lifestyle, a locally based brand started by Kenyan expatriate Chetna Bhatt, 38. She works exclusively with artisan communities in Africa, ensuring fair working conditions and salaries for them.

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