As a sustainable social enterprise, SAWA Life's mission is to spread the SAWA Life, "the good life", empowering marginalized women through employment and healthcare benefits. While SAWA artisans have endured hardships such as extreme poverty, homelessness, and HIV, they have never lost sight of the good life. They are our inspiration.

Meet SAWA founding artisans, Florence and Mary, who are beading love and energy into artfully - crafted designs while celebrating Kenyan's culture.


SAWA began out of an opportunity to empower a community from the inside out. The office is established in the heart of Kibera, Africa's largest slum. The work environment provides a safe space for women to maintain a level of professional confidence and provide through a proper living wage and health insurance.


Through the creation of 100% hand-beaded fashionable tech accessories sold globally, SAWA Life showcases the beauty of designs synonymous with African culture. SAWA artisans’ use craft skills indigenous to Kenyan culture and paper beading techniques that originate from Uganda’s Luo tribe. Eco-sensitivities and sustainability remain firmly at the heart of their enterprise, whereby SAWA Life works with upcycled magazines.


The company was incubated by The Nourafchan Foundation whose mission is to improve the human condition through social and economic development.

In the summer of 2017, SAWA founders were on a philanthropic mission with The Nourafchan Foundation to Kibera, Africa's largest slum. They worked with the local community to install a water well at the REC school and create a self-sustaining water project. During this trip, they also met a diverse collective of artisan women, and fell in love with their positive energy and beading techniques.

Thus SAWA Life was born.


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Visit our mural at:
7575 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

The #7575 Melrose Art Wall in Los Angeles is a place to view and explore works of art. Mexico City artist, Iskar, and LA-based street artist, WRDSMTH, created a masterpiece for SAWA. Please stop by to take a picture with our beautiful SAWA crown and spread the love and energy!

Make sure to tag @mysawalife and #7575Melrose on your post.