Anne and Kate Founders

Our board and staff is made of fierce, bold women who are passionate, skilled and equipped to fulfill our mission. We are driven and continually working towards helping artisan women and influencing what fashion, sustainability and economic empowerment means and how it affects society.

Sawa Sawa means “It will be okay.” in Swahili. It is founded by women to support fellow women in Africa and create an ethical fashion line for the American woman. Anne brings vision and passion to the board. She has a business degree in Finance that helps her run the commerce side of the nonprofit. Having a sustainable stream of revenue helps us keep our promises to the women that depend on it. Anne is responsible for the American side of the social enterprise. This includes; Marketing, branding, website maintenance, Finance and much more.

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Kate Mung'ara, sawa sawa collection board member
Catherine Wambui AKA Kate: Board Member and COO. Founder, Zafarani Afrika

Catherine AKA Kate is the founder of Zafarani Afrika. She is passionate about making a difference in the everyday lives of the artisans. Works directly with the artisans in Kenya helping them with resources and solutions to the many challenges they face. Joined forces with Anne to become a co-founder of Sawa Sawa Collection.

As the face of Sawa Sawa Collection in Kenya, Kate coordinates the artisans in multiple rural villages and Nairobi markets. She runs the resource center to provide aid to the women artisans and also purchase, brand and package the handmade products. She leads a very capable team to help reach and empower more artisan women.

Her background in business and finance helps her run the center effectively and understand the value to economic empowerment to every individual artisan women, her family and the society as a whole.

Sawa Sawa Collection board member Angelica Johnsen, tesoros maya
Angelica Johnsen: Board Member and Founder, Vida Maya

Angelica Johnsen, Founder of Vida Maya. She brings to the board a passion and deep understanding of the work we do. She has founded a similar business empowering women artisan in Guatemala and preserving an ancient weaving craft. Her work provides the artisan women with a sustainable, dignified income, a sense of pride in their culture and social-economic freedom.

Her background in Government and International studies helps us navigate the complexity that comes with grants, funding, contractual agreements, legal fiduciary and many more issues.

Experience working with artisan women in developing countries helps us share and come up with lasting solutions to the unique challenges faced by these communities, in governance, culture, female empowerment and the commerce side of our nonprofit corporation.

Alice Kimani

Alice has an MBA in strategic management. She has build her career on empowering women and girls in developing countries. She has worked with many INGO’s to support sustainability and grown of women and government departments to create or change policies that burr the prosperity of women. She worked as a capacity strengthening coordinator at ActionAid. Coordinated self assessment for 11 national partner organizations in Kenya, DRC, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. This was implemented in partnership with ActionAid, Oxfam, ChristianAid, CAFOD, and Tearfund. Her expertise helps advice Sawa Sawa Collection on capacity development and resources that improve the quality of life of the women artisans.

Chelsea Faerber, Realtor

Our 2020 addition to the board is the wonderful, charitable Chelsea. She brings her knowledge on entrepreneurship and Finance. She is a former Entrepreneurship Rec Management professor at Texas State University. She is a successful realtor and a good friend of SAWA SAWA. Her unique strength is her outgoing personality and character. She lights up any room she walks into. She brings her superpower of networking to the board.

Lillian Katumba | Zuri Styles

Lillian joined the Sawa Sawa board in 2021. She shares in the vision and passion of using fashion to empower artisan women in Africa. She is the founder of Zuri Styles. It empowers vulnerable women in Uganda escape sex trafficking. She created a platform for them to share their skills in beading and other ancient craftsmanship. Follow her work on Instagram. Shop and donate to make a difference.

Kim Williams is a member of the SAWA SAWA board of directors. She is a Texas native who knows firsthand the need to empower women in Kenya and the impact it has on the communities, environment and wildlife. She visited Kenya with her family and loved it. As a member of the board, she brings her knowledge in art, people, processes, business and love for the women and the country. She has helped connect the founders of SAWA SAWA with like-minded women of impact and helped navigate fundraising through human connections.

The SAWA SAWA team includes; (or has included in the past)

Retail Consultant: Matt Mason

Growth Strategist: Chandal King

Volunteer and Admin Coordinator : Priya Chandrani

Kathy Smartt: Grant Advisor

Beth Muigai – Photgrapher and Social Media Creator

Margaret Mitchel – Brand Model

Haley Drane – Brand Model and Apprentice

Summer Williams – BNrand Photographer

Ruth Munyesh – Team Kenya

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