re:wake design was founded and established by Maria who aspires to empower women to create a sustainable life for themselves, their families and communities. As a business woman and entrepreneur in the field of Human Resources both in the NGO and the private sector, Maria brings a diverse knowledge base and expertise in this arena. “I’ve always believe that everyone has the potential to succeed regardless of their economic or societal status, religion, gender or country of origin. It is my goal to facilitate this effort to anyone who asks. “.
By joining re:wake in 2016, Jacqueline combined two of her passions, supporting female entrepreneurs and her love for jewellery. Jacqueline has worked and supported various projects in East Africa, the latest as the East African Regional Manager of a Swedish supportive program for youth and women in politics. “What I love with re:wake’s concept is that we work with strong, independent young women who build up a career as designers by creating jewellery that is sustainable and trendy. I am proud to present the work of our designers to my friends and to the Swedish market.”
Khadija is a skilled and dedicated designer whose pieces are influenced from Guinea where she originates. Her unique balance between tribal and modern design bring an artistic quality with her blending of Masai beads, glass, and recycled brass. The beautiful colors and innovation of her creations match her passionate, warm and creative personality
Joan is a passionate and hard working young designer who realized her own potential while working for a senior jewelry designer in Nairobi. As a young entrepreneur, Joan is exploring and learning the art of what it takes to be a businesswoman. Recently, Joan has been experimenting with recycled and glass material which allow her to create unique pieces that appeal to all women.
Jesca is a single mother with three children. She is currently running a grocery business and is saving to be able to grow her business.
Zainabu is a single mother with four children. Her husband was killed during the post-election violence that took place in Kenya, 2008. She hopes to start up a fishing business in Kibera.
Rose is married with five children. Her greatest aspiration is to open a general shop in Kibera. Her jewelry making has not only provided her with an income, but also with acquiring the skills necessary to maintain a business.
Selinah is a hard-working mother with a family consisting of a husband and four children. Apart from jewelry making, she also sells fresh vegetables. In the future, she aspires to start up a small restaurant.
Jackline lives in a village called Kisumu Ndogo. She is married and has five children. Her dream is to open a shoe store located at Line Saba.
Rhoda is married with six children. Her greatest aspiration is to start a business of selling shoes and household goods in Kibera. Her income is based on selling jewelry and running a laundry service. She is excited to be connected with a program that allows her to live a sustainable life.
Ruth is married with three children. She looks forward to one day opening her own jewelry shop The program has helped her acquire networking and jewelry making skills as well as taught her how to bring in an income.
Leah is married with four children. She is currently running a second hand clothes shop and aspires to expand it in the future. The program has allowed her to establish savings and improve the living standards for her family.