When I was six years old my father got in a terrible accident. He became lame because his legs were amputated. He lost his job and was not able to fend for the family. He died miserably. My mother remained sad, lonely and died too soon after. I was neglected, abandoned and lacked a cared for childhood. I hated myself to the level of regretting why I was born. I was then raised by my poor grandmother who was a tailor. She inspired me to start making my own dolls from waste, using a hand needle since she could not afford buying me a doll. The tailoring with my grandmother supported my school fees and when I completed high school, I went for a short course in Fashion and Design. Founding Kimuli Fashionability gave me the chance to transform my difficult past into a strength to fight for inclusion of people with disabilities and for environmental conservation through upcycling.
We create inclusive artistic upcycled fashion
Kimuli Fashionability creates upcycled fashion and accessories through training and employing persons with disabilities. African fabrics are blended with waste materials. In the absence of hearing, deaf people for example often have heightened kinesthetic and visual abilities resulting in high quality products with love for detail. We give employment opportunities to the deaf and have empowered 25 persons who are now self-sustainable. Many of their peers are seen as cursed or bewitched by Ugandan society and often kept indoors due to shame of the family because of their disability. This is why our sanitization programs in schools and our fashion shows create awareness to thousands to change their perception of disability, as well as waste. With our slogan “waste is only waste if you waste it”, we also sensitize Ugandans to see waste differently: It is Kimuli’s greatest resource and we inspire others to start small and grow big through upcycling initiatives.