A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR ARTISANS
Kaz’O’zah is derived from the word in Kirundi “kazoza”, meaning “future”.
Our founder & Executive Director Ange Muyubira had a dream of giving "A Bright future for artisans” in her home country Burundi. She started the journey in Bujumbura in July 2012 with a vision to provide an environment that encourages artisans to aspire to become skilled craftsmen, reach their full potential through skills development, hard work and determination, and then thrive as self-sufficient income-earners.
ASPIRE. REACH. THRIVE.
From the beginning of our story, we have been changing the narrative of Africa - from one of hunger and conflicts to one rich in ancestral know how, intelligent people and diverse cultures full of opportunities.
We continue to bring beautiful handcrafted goods from East Africa into homes around the world, thereby providing a sustainable income to artisans. One handmade product at a time.
This is the inspiration behind our work and what gets us out of bed every morning. Since June 2017, we are also operating in Uganda, where we are replicating our impact model.
We are constantly growing, reaching more communities, touching more lives and would love you to be part of our journey.
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A Burundi free from poverty and opportunities for all to be self sufficient and support families, while gradually building community resilience.
To add value and harness the power of underserved communities through skills development, enable them to earn a sustainable income and become agents of change in their own communities.
Without the artisans Kaz’O’zah wouldn’t exist. They are the backbone of our organisation. They have been an integral part of our venture since the beginning of our story. As they gain skills, knowledge and economic independence they assume greater responsibility within their communities.
We value the work of communities and believe in their power and resilience. Thus, we continuously support our Artisan groups and follow by supporting them to build saccos and save together.
We are inspired by the people we meet, grow from the stories we hear and learn from the places we visit. In turn we create fashionable products and translate designs into trendy products that our clients will love and be inspired by. We deliver trainings which help in opening doors to new economic opportunities.
We empower communities to start sustainable businesses that will allow them to live a meaningful and independent life by connecting them locally and internationally. Whenever possible we locally source materials, recycle and create products that serve different purposes. We endeavor to continually improve our business model to become sustainable.
We encourage team work to strengthen each other. We collaborate with other organisations in income generating activities and trainings. We believe that we cannot play our part in poverty alleviation if we are not lending a hand and being supported by other organisations.
Our culture of openness is vital to our organisation. Our work is transparent form management to procurement to delivering finished products. We inspire confidence and trust in our partners as we fulfill our mission with integrity, fairness and pride.