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March 22, 2019

THE STORY OF USIA AND ZAINA

It was a cool day in the village of Lulanzi on March 4th 2019, when local residents Zaina Kilovele and Usia Luvinga received the gift of solar lighting for their homes from Vikapu Bomba.

The two women have demonstrated profound support for one another and for their families, while redefining what it means to work together as an elder and a younger person in the dynamics of the community.

Zaina was likely born between 1939 and 1949. She recalls learning to weave many years ago, after the birth of her second child but the details are elusive. She struggles with her memory, a sleep disorder and the physical...

April 21, 2016

 

So, we are into our last week before we launch our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com. Turns out that, if you want to do it right, preparing a crowdfunding campaign is a lot of hard work and I don't think you will ever feel like you are 100% ready to launch. So we are just going to do it! It has been an incredible journey getting everything ready and we thought we would share some of that  experience with you.

 

We are launching our campaign to pre-finance production costs of our first ever major international product shipment and to be able to pay for several business expansion plans. Initially, we applied for grants fro...

November 10, 2015

At Vikapu Bomba, we are fortunate to be working with some truly incredible Mamas, from one of our youngest artisans Ajina Mkakatu (22) all the way to the Bibis (grandmothers) like Zaina Kilovele who do not remember how old they are. Each Mama has her own very unique story which can be read on her personal label attached to every product she made. Since you probably won't be able to buy a product from each Mama, we wanted to share some more general stories of the Mamas' lives in the rural communities in the Tanzanian southern highlands.

It is incredible the amount of work the Mamas do and the...

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