Making A Difference
Making A Difference
It all started when our Co-Founder & CEO, Zane Wilemon, purchased a one-way ticket to Kenya in search of meaning. It was there that he met our other Co-Founder, Jeremiah Kuria. The two forged a powerful friendship based on faith, development, and purpose. These conversations led to standing lunches every Thursday, where they brainstormed ways to serve the local community, especially those living on society's margins. Driven by their shared vision, they created a Center for children with special needs, providing them with medical care and life-changing therapy. Before the Center, caregiving was a full-time job for the mothers of children with special needs. With more time, nine of these Mums started a new conversation with Jeremiah and Zane: "Now that our kids are being cared for five days a week, can you help us do something productive with our time?" What started twenty years ago as nine women learning to sew on manual sewing machines has now transformed into a thriving social enterprise employing over 150 full-time Makers that are changing their lives and the world.
Ubuntu is an African philosophy that means "I am because we are."
It denotes our interconnectedness; we depend on each other in ways, big and small. To reach our full potential, both individually and as a society, we must help others achieve theirs.
I am because we are.
WHAT WE DO
At Ubuntu Life, we make high-quality, handmade products that provide sustainable and meaningful employment for our community.
HOW WE DO IT
We source materials locally and make our handcrafted products in our own studio in Maai Mahiu, allowing us to control and optimize every element of the production process. This allows us to pass our cost-savings and profits on to our empowered Makers, investing in their well-being and that of the local community.
WHY WE DO IT
Every purchase empowers. We pride ourselves on creating quality handmade products for our customers while providing our Makers with sustainable employment, health insurance, and a living wage well above the standard income for the Maai Mahiu area.
WHO WE ARE
A global lifestyle brand out of Africa, based in Kenya. We're empowering lives through each product made and connecting people around the world.
ROOTED IN MAAI MAHIU
We've sewn a 36° stitch and included a 36° beaded tab on our products to honor our commitment to this special place and its beautiful people. Located at 1° South, 36° East, the bustling transit hub of Maai Mahiu is the gateway to Kenya's famed Great Rift Valley, and the town we are honored to call our home.
THE UBUNTU LIFE FOUNDATION
With every product made, we're transforming lives. We do this by providing empowered employment to the local Maai Mahiu community, as well as through our sister foundation and primary impact partner the Ubuntu Life Foundation. The UL Foundation provides educational and medical care to children with special needs in the region.
FROM KENYA TO THE WORLD
We are proud pan-Africanists, committed to our great continent, its rich cultures and inspiring diverse communities. As we grow as a company we will continue to not only produce beautiful handmade products, but also explore compelling stories of our surroundings and our neighbors. The narrative that we seek to tell is that of Africa thriving. Please come visit us at our Ubuntu Life Campus in Maai Mahiu!