Kazi, United States
Providing sustainable employment across Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana, Kazi makes an impact while making beautiful goods.
"Everyone deserves to make a fair wage."
That’s Kazi’s mantra, and it’s one they have followed through on every day since launching in 2013.
The brand was conceived in California by non-profit veterans Greg Stone and Alicia Wallace, but its heartbeat lies in Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana.
Its graphic, handwoven baskets, trays and plates drive its business, creating employment thus far for 4,575 artisans across its three home countries. But the impact doesn’t end there. By providing sustainable jobs for these individuals, Kazi impacts more than 36,137 family members and 100,000 community members.
At PBP, we love how Kazi’s signature goods, woven from grass and raffia, are as decorative as they are functional. Their colorful baskets and plates make as much sense on your table as they do your walls.
And each season, Kazi freshens its approach, introducing a new colorway or concept. Its just-released Restorative Collection returns Kazi’s focus to the elemental nature of its goods—all-natural fibers, organic dyes, handmade. They’re the kind of products you want to hold in your hands and cherish, as we collectively try to recover from these past two years.
Kazi’s products mean something—both for the consumer and for artisans who make them. "Through my work at Kazi, I have learned that a basket is not just a basket," says Cathy Zalwango, Kazi’s country director in Uganda. "It is life. I see it every day in the smiles of our artisans."