At KAZI, we believe that everyone
deserves to make a fair wage to support
themselves and those around them, no
matter where they are in the world. We
don’t just measure success by how many
products or services we’ve sold—but by
how the lives of our artisans and their
communities improve over time, too.
/kah’ ze e/ noun
Origin: From Swahili,
jobs, source of income”
We aren’t just bringing handcrafted things to your living room. We’re bringing you beautiful pieces that add life to your space and empower artisans to weave a better story for themselves.
Fair wage jobs
we’ve been able to:
Create employment for 3,600
artisans from Rwanda,
Uganda, and Ghana
Impact more than
19,000 family members
and 100,000 community
Increase their earnings
We wanted to change people’s live not
only through aid, but also through creating
a sustainable enterprise where a family’s
income is permanently improved.
An unusual pair—both committed to social good and with years of nonprofit
experiences under their belts— Greg Stone and Alicia Wallace still had one big question on their minds:
How can we really empower men and women to overcome
poverty in their lifetime?
They set out to create different solutions to pull people out of poverty, but
couldn’t shake the words that came from one of their school sponsorships
“Thanks for helping, but it’s put more of a burden on
our family since our children can’t help with farming.
We don’t have enough to eat without their help—
what we really need are jobs.”
Instead of ignoring what they heard and reporting only the successes, they
transformed their program from traditional aid into a sustainable business
focused on developing leaders and market solutions.
“We’ve set out to change the face of poverty in this lifetime, not
just for the future generations of those we serve.”
From this, KAZI was born, focused on creating unique, beautiful products
for the world to admire from talented artisans in remote regions previously
without market access.
“We believe women and men in rural areas in Africa can be
agents of change for themselves, their families, and their
community when given the proper training and consistent
access to global markets. Their talents and gifts are incredible.”
At KAZI, we’re equipping and empowering women and men to succeed
beyond their biggest dreams. Now, these women and men send their kids to
school without traditional aid, through their own hard work.
We hope you join us on our journey to
create a beautiful and fair world for
From our team
Gisal MendozaProduct Designer, California
Working at KAZI means using my love for design for the better good! I’m grateful every day that what I design has meaning and purpose, and knowing that the artisans we work with are thriving and have achieved financial independence is what keeps me going.
Tom WheelerSales Manager, California
I believe KAZI is the future of handcrafted home decor; sustainably sourced, women-owned, and committed to building thriving communities.
Modeste ShumbushoCountry Director, Rwanda
I love how we help people. It’s not just a market we’re providing. It’s a community, it’s training, tools, and life skills that give women with a first-grade education the tools to be more than just a weaver. They are leaders and respected in the community—some even surpass us with college educations. It’s really amazing.
Cathy ZalwangoCountry Director, Uganda
Through my work at KAZI I have learned that a basket is not just a basket, it is LIFE. I see it every day in the smiles of our artisans.
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