About SAWA:
Its Artisans & Founders

ABOUT SAWA

Sawa Life is a sustainable social enterprise initiative that empowers at-risk women.

Through the creation of hand-finished headphones and bracelets sold globally, Sawa Life not only showcases the beauty of designs synonymous with African culture, but also offers sustainable employment and independence to the women who create them.

Kibera’s female artisans reframe tech accessories using craft skills indigenous to Kenyan culture and paper beading techniques that originate from Uganda’s Luo tribe.

HOW IT WORKS

The Sawa Life office is established in the heart of Kibera (Africa's largest slum) and employs vulnerable women who have encountered such hardships as human trafficking, homelessness, extreme poverty, and HIV.

Within their framework the artisans have a fair and dignified working environment and are paid three-times the national average wage. Eco-sensitivities and sustainability remain firmly at the heart of their enterprise, whereby Sawa Life works with upcycled or repurposed magazines.

HOW IT BEGAN

The company was incubated by the non-profit, The Nourafchan Foundation (TNF), the world’s first open-source philanthropy 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, East Africa's largest slum. They worked with the local community to install a borehole at a school and create a self-sustaining water project. During this trip, they also met a diverse collective of artisan women, and they fell in love with their positive energy and beading techniques.

SAWA Life was born.

We started SAWA because we saw an opportunity not to lift up others, but to empower from the inside a community that needed it. With just a little boost, these women could help themselves."

GET INVOLVED

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