When entrepreneur Juliet Namujju realized COVID masks have been stopping her hearing-impaired workers from lip-reading, she resolved to search out one other enterprising use for Uganda’s mountains of plastic waste.
When Juliet Namujju was 5 years previous, her dad and mom have been concerned in a highway accident that claimed her mom’s life and prompted her father’s legs to be amputated. She went to reside together with her grandmother, a tailor. But seeing the challenges her father confronted, she grew up aware of discrimination in opposition to these with disabilities.
“The perception that people had towards my father because of his disability — I came up to fight against it,” Namujju says. She made it her mission to “change the mindset that people have towards persons with disabilities.”
Fashion design might not appear an apparent path to social change. Yet the 24-year-old entrepreneur is utilizing her daring clothes designs not solely to assist these with disabilities but additionally handle Uganda’s waste disposal problems.
A precocious begin
Namujju started getting inventive as a baby, making toys from offcuts from her grandmother’s stitching bench. “I might go rapidly and accumulate them, collect them along with plastic waste, bottles, and different polythene, and stitch them into small balls and dolls for myself to play with,” Namujju says. Today, she’s placing these abilities to different makes use of.
Juliet Namujju is utilizing trend to tackle discrimination in opposition to folks with disabilities and Uganda’s waste drawback
Three years in the past, aged simply 21, Namujju launched Kimuli Fashionability. A sustainable trend label primarily based within the central Ugandan metropolis of Mpigi, it employs folks with disabilities to upcycle plastic and different waste into eye-catching garments, equipment and — extra not too long ago, facemasks. But not simply any facemasks.
As Uganda’s pandemic lockdown eased in May and Namujju obtained again into the workshop together with her staff,