OUR IMPACT

MAKING A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER

HOW DO WE MAKE AN IMPACT?

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

2022 Artisan impact

Tlamacazapa, Mexico: 80 Rain catchement systems

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 80 rain catchment systems in households so they could focus on building their economy through their livelihood.

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2022 Artisan impact

KIBERA SLUMS, KENYA: New + Improved Jewelry workshop

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.

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2022 Artisan impact

KIkORONGO, UGANDA: 6 GRAVITY-FED WATER SYSTEMS

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.

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2022 Artisan impact

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.

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2022 Artisan impact

DACHA-B, Uganda: SHEA BUTTER PROCESSING

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.

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2022 Artisan Impact

Kampala, Uganda: Celebrating an international market

This year we celebrate a great achievement with Judith as she gets accepted into the MoMA Design Store. Obakki worked with her to help establish a strong international market so she could expand her business and reach for her dreams. A survivor of terrible trauma, Judith first began sewing as a way to keep herself active and engaged after years of suffering. Now, she’s giving back to others as a mentor, advocate and role mode

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2022 Artisan Impact

25 CHILDREN IN SCHOOL in KIBERA, KENYA

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 25 children in school full-time, paying for their school fees, uniforms, and nutritional needs.

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WHAT makes us unique

We support potential and our results are measured by the lives that are transformed. Everyone's story is unique and our programs are as diverse as the humans they benefit.

We partner with innovative individuals and communities who are committed to creating change.

We've helped close to 4 million people and we're just getting started.

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