Ubuntu Foundation

Committed to ensuring sustainable and scalable growth to Kenyan communities.

Fund drive: Support the development and launch of our first shoe made by our community, the Afridrille.
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Raised by 4 donations in 88 days

Updates

Sep 1st, 2018

The Afridrille, our first shoe

We are raising funds to support the development and launch of our first shoe, the Afridrille. This is our most complex production item yet, helping us move toward higher value-add products that are more competitive on the market.

The Afridrille is the first fully-customizable espadrille, which is a classic Spanish shoe style that is returning to prominence in Europe and the US. Three things make this shoe special:

  • Classic and customizable: Customers can choose from our ‘Classic’ colors, or go with a ‘Custom’ pair to design their shoe inside and out. This brings the custom-made-to-order manufacturing trend to rural Kenya.
  • Empowering women and children: Each pair of shoes is hand-made by entrepreneurial Kenyan women, our Maker Mums. We pay above-market wages, and 100% of net income supports life-changing care for children with special needs in Kenya.
  • Responsibly sourced: We develop long-term partnerships with our suppliers so we can ensure our entire supply chain is socially and environmentally responsible.

The Afridrille, our first shoe, is our most sophisticated product yet. Our Kickstarter campaign in April raised over $100,000 in pre-sales, but once you deduct production costs that leaves a very small level of financing to fund a product development and launch. We are seeking additional capital to expand our production team and invest in working capital and marketing.

Mission

Ubuntu's mission is to connect and empower. Ubuntu is committed to Kenyan communities in a “mile deep, inch wide” approach to ensure sustainable and scalable growth. We accomplish this by creating meaningful jobs and implementing our pediatric health & education programs.

Our model turns foreign aid on its head. Instead of poor Kenyans receiving handouts, we'll sell top-quality shoes hand-made in Kenya to global consumers. This empowers the makers and funds the care we provide for children with special needs.

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