In 2008, Michael and I started an innovative financial inclusion business in Tanzania called SmartMoney. The mission of SmartMoney is to economically empower rural communities by reducing payment costs, increasing security and, most importantly, promoting savings.
In 2012, SmartMoney expanded from Tanzania to Uganda and we made East Africa our second home. During our time in East Africa, we have explored many beautiful places and have had the good fortune to meet hundreds of delightful local people with interesting cultures, astonishing talent and museum-worthy handmade creations. We wanted to share theirs and our story to support the local creators who welcomed us into their lives.
In 2017, OboraLux was born. We began sharing the stories of our Uganda friends and selling some of their handmade creations at local pop-up events around New York City. This was a valuable experience that allowed us to better understand our creators and our audience. In November 2018, we launched our online marketplace with our first creators from Uganda.
We will expand our marketplace as we continue to seek other talented creators and their amazing creations within Uganda and other parts of the world. We hope you continue to support our mission, of casting light on the world's cultures, talents, and creations.
Join us on our mission!
Our mission is to economically empower local communities and increase cultural awareness.
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. Thank you for your generosity.
Sadly, most of us receive little information in our daily lives about other world cultures. Many of us lack opportunities to travel, to explore new places, to meet local people and experience their culture for ourselves. At OboraLux we believe that a peaceful world starts with awareness, understanding and appreciation of world cultures. We hope to play a small part in expanding cultural awareness. Thank you for your curiosity.
We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us about any questions or suggestions that you want to share