We're empowering lives through each product made.
In the small town of Maai Mahiu, where our Maker Studio is based, long-haul transit and sand-harvesting are the two key industries that almost exclusively hire men. The only real option for women to earn a living is small-scale farming.
Percentage of male vs. female employees
41% male employees
59 % female employees
On the 11 acres where our Maker Studio, Cafe, water bottling plant, and organic vegetable garden is based, we provide 90+ full-time, well-paid and meaningful jobs and upto 30 part-time jobs on a season basis. Our wages are above average for the area and the industry and we offer health insurance for 100% of our employees.
In line with our commitment to provide skills training and support professional development, each and every employee is enrolled in the 'Makers Program,’ a tailor-made employee development plan.
“It is all about rewarding excellent performance and appreciating and recognizing what each person brings to the team. It is a continuous performance assessment that looks at the quality of work, attitude, initiative, and drive."
— Ubuntu Life HR Manager
What it's in a wage:
12 % Food
7 % Family healthcare
12 % Family education
10 % Savings
The Maker Studio
When our founders decided to commit to lasting change in Maai Mahiu, they knew that they needed to set down permanent roots and own land. Our Maker Studio is built for purpose of our Makers to thrive.
We proudly own our entire supply chain, and we're 100% responsible for the health, happiness, and success of our employees. Notably, the state of the art Children's Wellness Centre, a flagship health and education program of our sister organization, the Ubuntu Life Foundation is situated on the same parcel of land. Our employees who are parents of children with special needs can rely on full-time care while they are at work, and all employees can access healthcare on site.
Hours of meaningful employment created by each product:
Weekender bag - 8 hours
Go - To Tote - 6 hours
Kuba Pouches - 2 hours
Afridrille - 4 hours
Mule - 3 hours
Leather bracelets - 2 hours
Single strand bracelets - 0.5 hours
Our products are 100% Made in Kenya from conscientiously sourced raw materials from trusted long-term partners.