Our mission is taken from Isaiah 61:3:
“….and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.......”
How do we achieve this?
All the projects we undertake aim at nurturing, coaching and empowering vulnerable women and the communities in which they live. Zuri Styles partners with at risk and impoverished women in Uganda to improve their livelihoods. We use locally sourced materials such as recycled paper and African fabric, which are accentuated with genuine leather to make beautiful and unique products. We work closely with our artisans to create our beautiful handmade products. We equip them both physically and spiritually to take on this task. Once the products are ready, we will ship them off to the United States of America where our main market is located. When you shop Zuri Styles you help prevent Modern Day Human slavery, alleviate poverty, and provide the basic necessities of life for vulnerable women.
“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want”. Anna Lappe.
Shop Zuri styles to create the world you want to see; bring hope to the vulnerable, break the chains of poverty and help them rewrite the story of their lives thus create thriving communities. #Bestow on them a crown of Beauty for Ashes.
Way back in 2010, I was going about with my office job in Uganda when a beautiful lady that was not known to me knocked at my door and asked if she would speak with me. I agreed to speak with her. She reached into her bag and pulled out a bundle of handmade jewelry. Looking at the jewelry, she said; “can you please help me sell these to your colleagues and friends”? I was in shock, wondering how someone who did not know me would trust me to sell her products and give her back the money. I said to her, “You don’t know me, and I don’t know you. How is this possible?” She responded; “mom, this shows you how desperate I am right now; I have kids to feed, clothe and provide for. I am looking for a way out”. Having been born and raised in Uganda; I knew exactly what it meant to go without food and all the other basic needs of life. I agreed!
A couple of years later, my family and I relocated to the USA. While in the USA, I found lots of pointers in the same direction of helping the vulnerable groups. Different people would contact me asking if I could help in any way. I was hesitant and had lots of excuses. One day, I attended a sex trafficking event in my city; I got so emotional all through the session. When I returned home that day I told myself, I got to do something. I decided to step into what I felt were big shoes; helping the vulnerable. In July 2016, Zuri Styles was “officially” birthed after I returned from Uganda with a large collection of beautiful handmade products.
Amazing things happen when we step out in faith. God made a way where there seemed to be no way. He brought people alongside me to advise and help us grow into the Zuri Styles we are today. God equipped us with new ideas and skills on how to take this mission forward. Through the desire to help the vulnerable and bring hope to the nations, God gave us the bag/purse idea which is one of our most popular products.
Zuri Styles works with underprivileged and economically disadvantaged women in Uganda. Most of our products are made from local natural and recycled materials which are readily available to the women. We closely work with the women not only to empower them but also to provide them with the skills, training and equipment that are required to produce high quality products. When you buy our products you make the momentous decision to provide food, medical care and tuition amongst many other needs to these women and their families. We hope that you find our mission meaningful and that you will continue to support it by shopping with us.