Ubuntu Made is a growing fashion brand that came about organically when the mums of the children who attended the Ubuntu Special Needs Centre requested training for sewing during their newfound free time. Ten years later, Ubuntu Made employs 40 full-time sewers, 100 full-time beaders, and 4 leather makers. Ubuntu Made has also been featured by Forbes, The Today Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, among others.
Producing beautiful handmade accessories that offer Kenyan craftsmanship and textiles for a fashion-focused customer, Ubuntu Made epitomizes an aesthetic that is both modern yet natural. We are leveraging partnerships with successful consumer brands such as Zazzle and Theory to develop and market new product lines.
The Ubuntu Mums are now able to provide for their families, pay for their children’s school fees, and benefit from health insurance. Some families have gone from barely being able to rent a mud hut, to owning land, and even becoming entrepreneurs in their own right. More importantly, the Ubuntu Mums are part of a community of women who are able to support each other and share in their experiences as mothers of children living with disabilities.
Café Ubuntu is a beacon for the roughly one million tourists who drive through the area each year on their way to the famous Maasai Mara. It is also a delicious light roast coffee that is sold in Whole Foods around the globe.
Café Ubuntu stands as a symbol of the power of collaboration: a partnership between Allegro Coffee, Ubuntu, thousands of Whole Foods Market Team Members, Whole Foods customers and community members in Kenya and around the world who either enjoy a cup of our delicious coffee or walk through the doors of our Café in Kenya.
Ubuntu Water is not just a water bottling enterprise - it empowers the community to thrive, provides the lifeblood of health in our pediatric programs, and creates meaningful jobs.
This clean, reliable source of water is used at all of our medical camps. It is not a secret that there is a water and sanitation crisis in Kenya. More than half of the population of the entire country relies on unimproved water sources, and even more use unimproved sanitation solutions and store water in open barrels, leading to breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Having access to clean water during our medical clinics is crucial to providing quality care for our patients.