We employ at-risk women artisans and provide them with fair living wages, healthcare and an education program for their children. Thanks to your purchases we have employed 40 women in-need in Kenya, Africa.

SAWA {adverb}- a Kiswahili term heard in daily conversation throughout Eastern Africa, translates to “all good" or “no worries.”

To spread the “sawa” life— the good life—is to share in the celebration of Kenya’s culture, empowering women through employment opportunities and ensuring a life of prosperity. SAWA products are made and delivered with love!
 
Meet SAWA's founding artisans, Florence and Mary, who are beading love and energy into your everyday electronics, by watching the video below.
 

EMPOWERING THROUGH EMPLOYMENT

SAWA life is an innovative and impact-focused social enterprise infusing technology with fashion while empowering and uplifting at-risk women through employment. SAWA has created a vocational program to train and hone the beader’s skills into a truly remarkable one-of-a-kind product.

THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL INSURANCE FUND

The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is a government fund that offers medical cover to citizens at a small premium. This cover does not only include individuals but also their dependents.

This fund is very beneficial to a lot of Kenyan citizens who get registered. You get to access a wide range of affordable and quality health services.

There are a lot of Kenyans left out of this scheme because they do not afford these monthly payments to the NHIF.

It is our aim as Sawa Life to bring all our women closer to these services. Additionally to the wages the women receive, Sawa also pays for their monthly NHIF contributions.

This ensures that they all have a medical cover and are guaranteed affordable hospital services whenever needed.

LIFTING FAMILIES UP

As a result of SAWA’s sustainable operations, the women develop lifelong employable skills. They also benefit from a safe, clean, and happy working environment, with food provided to them and healthcare and education for their entire family.

On average, each woman supports 15 dependents.

PROMOTING GLOBAL EDUCATION AND HOPE THROUGH FILM

The Nourafchan Foundation and SAWA Life, in partnership with Journeys in Film, have launched the Nour Film Club in Africa.

Journeys in Film combines the power of moving and provocative films with the highest quality standards-based lesson plans to inspire and engage students in learning. The inaugural film was “Queen of Katwe,” aptly starring Kenya’s own Lupita Nyong’o, the first Kenyan to win an Academy Award.

The overwhelming participation of over 400 children, ranging ages 11-20, came to participate from schools in and around Kibera, Kenya. The event was a resounding success with many of the kids having stated how inspired and hopeful they felt after watching a movie which resonated so closely with their lives. Many felt, that they, too, like the young Ugandan girl, may escape a life of poverty, open doors to a brighter future, and transform their own communities into a better place.

The Nour Film Club will be active in schools throughout the year in various parts of the country, effecting change through film.

 


MURAL AT 7575 MELROSE

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.

 

NURTURING YOUTH CREATIVITY

 

In 2018, we made a music video to celebrate SAWA LIFE. Watch it below!

 

SHOP WITH PURPOSE

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