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Ufahari: Empowering Artisans and Transforming Lives in Nairobi

Ufahari: Empowering Artisans and Transforming Lives in Nairobi

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:

  1. Buy Ufahari Products: Support us by purchasing furniture products made by our talented Kenyan artisans on our website. Every product is proudly crafted in Kenya, and your purchase directly benefits the artisans.
  2. Partner with Ufahari: If you or your organization want to make a lasting impact, consider partnering with us. We actively seek financial partners and machine partners to expand our reach and make a more significant difference. Visit our contact us page for more information.
  3. Spread the Word: Help us enhance our solution by spreading the word about our mission, goals, and the positive impact we are creating. Share our story with your friends, partners, and family, and encourage them to buy Ufahari products and explore partnership opportunities.

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.

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