Ubuntu Life is a nonprofit business that uses the power of global commerce to create social impact for mothers and children in Kenya.
They create beautiful products for sale in Kenya and internationally, providing mothers of children with special needs and others in the community with sustainable employment.
Through training and experience, the Ubuntu line includes colourful beaded bracelets, patterned bandanas, sturdy weekender bags, beaded clutches, and now, a brand new line of woven espadrilles. Each product is handmade with top-quality, locally sourced materials.
Behind all the handcrafted espadrilles are Kenyan mothers, whose children are enrolled in a special needs school. These women have collectivized to turn their skills and craft into an entrepreneurial venture where 100% of profits from the enterprise continues to support this special needs school.
Right from the silk-screened canvas used for the body of the shoe, to the jute rope sole lined with vulcanized rubber, the raw materials used come with the surety of being responsibly sourced and while maintaining the finest quality.
Being an ethically responsible company allowed the lives of these women to drastically change in 10 years’ time because of the work they do, enabling them 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 their own land.