Fighting For A world where no one is left Behind through fashion

We empower persons with disabilities through giving them free skills up-cycled fashion to become self sustainable.

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Organization name

Kimuli Fashionability

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $250k - $500k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 100 - 250

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: City

Located at Mpigi Town, Upper Mayembe Plot 139, P.O. Box 35194 Kampala, Uganda. Tel. +256 759998614

Location(s) of impact

Mpigi Uganda, Kampala , Wakiso, Masaka and Parts of Entebbe


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

There is a need to reduce waste accumulation and the un controlled burning due to the a case study by the Kampala City Council Authority which showed that 40% of waste is uncollected every day, this plastic waste causes untold danger to the atmosphere and the populations health at large. the toxins released during the unregulated burning of all kinds of waste pose a great challenge and risk. According to the 2002 Ugandan Population and Housing Census, 16 percent of the population are disabled and face discriminantion

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Kimuli fashionability up-cycles plastic and polythene waste like milk packets, cement bags, sugar sacks and polythene bags into artistic up cycled and water proof garments. Plastic materials that otherwise are discarded as waste are reused to create attractive, high quality products of value for our customers. Toxins are thereby reduced and the excessive use of new materials limited. We believe in equal treatment of people through training disabled people free hands on skills of tailoring and up-cycled fashion to earn a living and be able to fend for their families. We also train disabled people modeling skills to be able to show case our up-cycled products.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

We have up-cycled 100 tons of plastic waste to form different artistic products for our customers, we are going on changing lives after another. We have reached out and impacted to over 1,000 persons. We have trained 25 disabled people who are capable to fend for their families, for example Nabaggala a single mother, physically impaired with 5 children living in a temporally house. Our vision is to empower more than 3000 persons with disabilities across East Africa by the end of 2020 being trained by the already benefited disabled women through creating employment to produce products by sourcing readily available waste and be self sustainable. These women have regained motivation after realizing that they are also capable of doing something productive with their hands to sustain themselves and their families. Furthermore we are breaking the mistaken assumptions that most people are having towards person with disabilities in Uganda for example we work with the disabled people.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

As part of our sustainability plan we get money from the sales of our upcycled artistic stylish garments and accessories to out customer t get money that runs the Organisation, and on the other side we also get money from donation, grants and others we hope to raise $60,000 annually from sales made from our up cycled garments and accessories like cultural bags, shopping, patched school bags, plain bags, wallets and pencil cases.. We hope to build a large customer big base and market demand through targeted marketing and expansion of our reach opening different markets in several countries through partnerships This will enable us and volunteers so as we can be able to raise funds for the self to run independentnce and sustainabilsustainableity.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

We train Persons with disabilities the free hands on skills to create artistic African fashions through up-cycling polythene waste blended with African fabrics which are easily accessible than exported fabrics. We produce long lasting up-cycled water proof bags and rain jackets from polythene waste like milk packets, cement bags and sugar sacks into unique up-cycled fashionable products. During our fashion shows we use disabled models to show case our products.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Iam aged 21y, and i grew up as an orphan with my poor grandmother deep in the Village due to the victimization of disabilities caused to my family. I was neglected, abandoned and lacked parental love throughout my childhood reaching to an extent of regretting why I was born. I developed a frustration about the societal exclusion about disabled people created by mistaken assumptions on disabilities exposing to severe poverty. In September 2015 I got an opportunity to join Social Innovation Academy (SINA ) Mpigi as a scholar; SINA empowers marginalized youths to become job creators. This was where I realized how to turn my challenges into opportunities. I and my team founded Kimuli Fashionability in November 2015. Kimuli Fashionability envisions at “a generation where waste is transformed into fashion with full inclusion of persons with disabilities”.

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Good effort to give youth an exposure to art leading to creation of jobs and a positive mindset. Beest wishes for the future.

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