At Obakki, we believe in putting people first. Our artisans are part of our extensive global family—and the ability to sustain themselves and their communities—will always be our top priority as a company.
The Obakki Foundation exists to ensure that our artisans have access to basic needs and the opportunity to grow, thrive and provide for their own communities. Over half of our artisans receive support from the foundation––with over 30 years of proven results, and over 4 million people impacted, it truly is the beating heart of Obakki.
Celebrating our 2022 Accomplishments
2023 Artisan Impact
SOUTHERN TURKEY, EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
Turkey suffered a strong earthquake in early 2023. The devastation is not over, and people are still suffering from a lack of food, water, and housing. Including all of Obakki's 100 artisan partners in this region. ALL profits from the sale of our Turkish Linen products are being returned to our artisan community to help them rebuild their textile industry. We've taken tangible actions to help these artisans get back on their feet—from funding container houses that provide emergency shelter, to food security and relocation services.
Living in the Kibera Slums is difficult as it is - let alone when you are based out of a small one-room workshop with no ventilation.This year, we worked with an inspiring group of artisans in Kibera to provide safe working conditions through a new workshop. Now this group can work in a healthy environment, focus on their business and designs while growing together as a team.
In the Kibera slums, the reality is that not all children have the privilege of attending school due to lack of financial resources. When we started working with artisans in this region of Nairobi, we knew that we needed to do more for the community. This year we connected with local families and enrolled 60 children in school full-time, paying for their school fees, uniforms, and nutritional needs.
For years, the weavers in Tlamacazapa have been drinking dirty water from a hole in the ground - plagued by diseases, the community has not been able to focus on their craft. We saw an opportunity to help, and this year we implemented 100 rain catchment systems in households so they could focus on building their economy through their livelihood.
Living high in the Rwenzori Mountains, the weavers in Kikorongo have not had access to clean water. This year, we worked to bring them 6 gravity-fed clean water systems to improve the health conditions in the community. With incredibly challenging terrain, the community is also cut off from medical services, which is why we are now committed to establishing a mobile health clinic equipped with trained midwives.
AKILIBA, UGANDA: INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL MARKETS ESTABLISHED
Our artisans' future security is important to us, therefore we helped to facilitate a sustainable local livelihood first, ensuring these artisans were not solely dependent on us. With 600 pots sold locally and internationally, with a feature in The New York Times, the village of Akiliba is standing strong - providing for themselves through their ancient craft.
We educate and train our local partners in Uganda to cultivate and extract shea butter for their local markets as well as our skincare products. Our programs ensure that the shea trees are protected rather than cut down for other uses to preserve and protect the surrounding environment. By offering training in income-generating skills, such as shea butter processing and natural oil extraction, we’re investing in the transformation of entire communities.