This Ugandan startup provides you $2,000 for an ‘Afro-centric’ eyeglass non-public


Describe credit rating: Wazi Vision

Brenda Katwesigye and Geogette Ndabukiye founded Wazi Vision in 2017 to derive inexpensive prescription eyeglasses for folks of all profits phases in Uganda.

The eyeglasses are stylish and made of recycled plastic, wood, barkcloth, fabric and horn. A pair of ‘Wazi Spherical’ goes for UGX 70,000 (~ $19). Now, the company wants to add a new characteristic they give idea to essential to the imprint: Afrocentrism.  

On Monday, the startup announced that it became as soon as animated non-public pitches from all around Africa for a new collection of glasses. One winner will receive £1,500 (~$2,000) in money for his or her belief. There’s one more for varied selected artists to present a share of profits on any pair of their glasses designs provided via Wazi. 

Existing type brands are also welcome to collaborate with Wazi.

“With this rebrand, we desire our eyewear to spotlight the artistry and creativity of artisans across the continent,” stated Katwesigye, Wazi’s Managing Director. 

“Every pair of Wazi glasses will more than possible be designed by African artists for African possibilities and face shapes.”

Katwesigye has a non-public history with prescription eyewear. She is shortsighted and has anxiousness seeing when there could be substitute light in a room. In 2015, she as soon as needed to pay $180 to derive a pair of glasses; that’s a luxurious bring collectively in a country where many are heart-broken and inclined.

That became as soon as her inspiration to stumbled on Wazi. The corporate sources its supplies in Uganda; plastic extinguish from recycling companions, and barely a couple of extinguish esteem fabric and wood extinguish from carpentry retailers. After sourcing, the supplies are pre-processed and interesting for manufacturing. 

“Certain, your total project starts and ends in Uganda,” Katwesigye told TechCabal.

However what does it point out for an eyewear non-public to be Afrocentric?

“To us, an ‘Afro-centric’ glasses non-public is one that is accomplished with African contexts and cultures in suggestions – be it the supplies used, the non-public, the form or the colors. We are purchasing for loyal African tales to study via the designs submitted.”

“So many existing suggestions for glasses are no longer designed for folks in Africa. We judge that there could be one more to tap into the creativity across the continent and aid to repeat the tales of animated artisans, which we purpose to carry to lifestyles via our eyeglasses.”

The demand non-public suggestions will not be any longer restricted to Africans resident on the continent. Wazi hopes to discover submissions from Africans in the diaspora, as their purpose is to spotlight African artistry and skill. 

Wazi has got funding from the Assistive Tech Affect Fund accelerator and company constructing aid from Catalyst Fund, a startup accelerator with a portfolio that features Cowrywise, Chipper Cash and Sokowatch, among others. 

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