The Mazuri Designs Team
Our Ugandan Seamstresses
Annet Kyokutamba is a Seamstress with Mazuri Designs. At 25 years old, she brings 6 years of sewing experience, with the last two at Sylvia Owori's label. She is excited to work with Mazuri and believes that it will inspire many people in Uganda because of the good team and their creative ideas.
Miriam Kabayo joined our team in August 2016 after completing Girl Up Initiative Uganda's 6-month Sewing Our Futures training program earlier in 2016. A mother of 5, Miriam finished secondary five in school and started working at a church as a receptionist, caterer and accountant for five years. Miriam has also worked at a grocery store and a shop selling furniture and appliances. During her seamstress training she learned how to make reusable sanitary pads, trousers, skirts, dresses and purses. She loves to sew and wants to work hard so Mazuri can grow!
Susan Nantale is a the newest addition to the Mazuri team and she also comes from Girl Up Uganda's Sewing Our Futures training program. She grew up in the Luwero district as an orphan with her elder sister taking care of her. In 2015, after learning of Girl Up Initiative Uganda she joined its first cohort of tailor trainees. Susan currently attends adult education classes to finish secondary school. She says that since joining Mazuri her life has drastically changed, she feels a sense of belonging, can freely interact with her peers, and is becoming a professional tailor.
We currently have 7 young women enrolled in our seamstress training program which lasts six months. Upon completion, and depending on the demand for Mazuri's services, we strive to provide employment opportunities for graduates so they may put their new skills to work, continue to build upon what they've learned, and be able to economically support themselves and their families. By teaching them practical skills, Mazuri provides hope through design - allowing women to make an income by sewing, tailoring, and/or mending clothes.
Our International Team
Janice is our Chicago-based sales, marketing, and business advisor for both Mazuri and Girl Up Uganda. Passionate about gender equity and empowering young girls, her volunteer involvement allows her to create change in the community we work in.