Our story began in 2008, when my husband, Michael, and I started an innovative financial inclusion business in East Africa. The company's mission is to economically empower rural communities by reducing payment costs, increasing security and, most importantly, promoting savings.
During our time in East Africa, we met a number of artisans who struggled to access a wide market for their labor intensive, hand-crafted goods. Many of these artisans were women who used the majority of their earrings to pay for the education of their children. In most developing countries, the financial burden of education falls largely on households, and especially on the mothers who manage them.
OboraLux was created as an online platform using traditional crafts as a tool for change and empowerment. Each purchase helps in our mission to economically empower local communities and increase cultural awareness.
Our mission is to empower our artisan partners by promoting traditional crafts, sustainable practices and economically empowering local communities through sustainable market access.
Education is an important driver of economic empowerment. In most developing countries, the financial burden of education falls largely on households, and especially on the mothers who manage them. By purchasing creations from our creators through the OboraLux marketplace, you are directly supporting these women to educate their children and elevate their household.
At OboraLux we believe that travel fosters the best creativity, cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation. We hope to play a small part in expanding cultural awareness through the products and the stories we share.