Mazuri Designs, the social enterprise brain-child of Girl Up Initiative Uganda founders, has opened its virtual doors on Etsy.com to sell one-of-a-kind African-inspired clothing and accessories. All materials are sourced locally from fabric markets in Kampala, Uganda and are hand-made by our team of trained female seamstresses in our workshop. This is an exciting step for Mazuri Designs as it allows us to reach customers in the US with our colorful and unique products.
Mazuri provides hope through design ~ Support our women today through your purchase
Mission Behind the Design
Mazuri Designs is a design and tailoring social enterprise founded by Girl Up Initiative Uganda to empower young disadvantaged women with vocational training and employment opportunities in Kampala, Uganda. We are dedicated to economically empowering women through tailoring and fashion design so that they can become self-sufficient and provide for themselves and their families.
In Swahili, an official Ugandan (and East African) language, Mazuri means 'most beautiful'. Not only are our creations beautiful, but so are the lives our seamstresses that are transformed by fair employment with Mazuri Designs. Mazuri designs quality, beautiful clothing and accesories for both our local community in Kampala, Uganda, and customers shopping online for beautiful, bold fabrics in ready to wear styles.
Connecting the US and Uganda
We are so excited to create another opportunity to connect our work in the US and Uganda and bring the energy of Kampala to our clients in the US. The team behind Mazuri Designs opted to open an online shop on Etsy.com given that it is a well-known respected platform where people from around the globe can buy and sell vintage and handmade items. It is an international community of makers, creators, fashion designers, and craftsmen. Etsy is the perfect platform for Mazuri Designs debut because it serves as a search engine where we can access new customers who are looking to add color and life to their wardrobe through our items. The online platform makes our items accessible to customers throughout the US who can support the development of our social enterprise with each purchase.
On our Etsy shop, Mazuri offers a wide range of products made from the bold, bright and beautiful colors and designs of African-fabric (also known as dutch wax fabric, Ankara, tribal or ethnic print). The Etsy shop offers coin purses, wallets, purses, bags, skirts, dresses, headbands, scrunchies, totes and more! Check it out today and support Ugandan women with each purchase!