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In the heart of Nairobi, where the bustling streets and vibrant markets define our city’s essence, we, the founders of Ufahari—Collin Okado, John Kariuki, and Samuel Igogo—have embarked on a remarkable journey. Our for-profit social enterprise, born in early 2023, is driven by a vision to bring hope and transformation to the Jua Kali artisans in the Nairobi area.
Over 700,000 Jua Kali artisans in Nairobi contribute over 30% to Kenya’s GDP by producing essential items like beds, tables, chairs, and cabinets. Despite their significant economic impact, most of these artisans live in abject poverty, earning less than $150 a month, well below the minimum wage. Witnessing this dire situation, we were inspired to create innovative solutions to break the cycle of poverty.
At Ufahari, we are making a difference by providing Jua Kali artisans with the tools they need to thrive:
Space: We offer artisans access to decent workspaces, liberating them from harsh outdoor conditions and dimly lit environments, thereby boosting productivity and income.
Machinery: Ufahari equips artisans with the necessary machinery for woodwork and metalwork, enabling them to take on a wider range of projects and increase their earnings.
Business Support: We provide invaluable business support services, including marketing assistance, product design guidance, and labor contract services. These services empower artisans to enhance their business acumen, reach a broader customer base, and secure steady income streams.
Our mission at Ufahari is to uplift Kenyan artisans, and you can play a vital role in making a difference. Here are three ways you can support our inspiring initiative:
In a world where social entrepreneurship meets the drive to uplift marginalized communities, Ufahari stands out as a beacon of hope for the Jua Kali artisans in Nairobi. By supporting our initiative, you are not only investing in handmade, high-quality Kenyan products but also in the dreams and livelihoods of artisans striving to break free from poverty and build a brighter future. Join Team Ufahari in our mission to transform lives and make a lasting impact on the Nairobi community.