Zuri Design is a fair trade wholesale business which imports from Kenya and Uganda. I have supplied Shared Earth for many years and they support our producers with orders regularly. Around 2011 Jeremy from Shared Earth came to meet our producer groups in Kenya.
It was a fantastic trip which inspired our charity work together and we brought 10 young dancers from Mathare slum, Nairobi, to the UK for 2 weeks. We established The Zuri Foundation charity to facilitate the fundraising and organisation of the trip with Shared Earth and to formalise the various grass roots projects we had been supporting within our producer group communities.
The Zuri Foundation started to fundraise when our producer groups in Kenya and Uganda began to be affected by the lockdown against COVID-19. A number of our producers have workshops in slum areas and live in the slum. But we also work with marginalised groups who live in rural settlements in Uganda.
Ugandan lockdown is very strict, all public vehicles were banned from the roads, meaning that sourcing food or medical help for non COVID-19 medical problems is very hard and leading to delayed care seeking for life threatening conditions.