The Mazuri Designs Team
Our Ugandan Seamstresses
Annet Kyokutamba is a Senior Seamstress with Mazuri Designs. At 27 years old, she brings 8 years of fashion design and sewing experience. She joined Mazuri in 2016 and enjoys her work.
"Mazuri is good. There is spirit of teamwork. It has exposed me to different and diverse people. I love sharing my knowledge with others. It is the best feeling ever!"
Miriam Kabayo joined our team in August 2016 as one of our first trainees in the Sewing Our Futures training program. 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.
"I joined Mazuri in 2016 after I was trained and I gained more skills. I have learnt how to work with others assertively. I can now help others learn what I learnt. I can sustain myself financially and greater opportunities have come my way. I feel happy when I help out people and they become successful."
Innocent Komugisha is a dynamic seamstress who has over 18 years of tailoring experience with various designers and brands in Uganda. She holds a certificate in tailoring. Innocent explains:
"I joined Mazuri Designs in 2016 out of the love I had for tailoring. I love and am passionate about what I do because I have grown doing this work."
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 14 young women enrolled in our Sewing Our Futures seamstress training program. 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.