WAYAWAYA means "The art of wasting time" in the Zambian local language.
When we first started in 2013, people were laughing at our quest and said we were wayawayaing (wasting our time) Today, we have come a far way and changed the meaning of WAYAWAYA.
WAYAWAYA empower Zambian women without formal education and with few job options. Most women live in poverty and being unemployed is a luxury they cannot afford. However, Zambian women are unquestionably resourceful, talented, strong-willed and hard-working. To invest in women is to invest in their children, their fellow sisters, their neighbors and their communities. By women for women is a concept inspired by the fellowship between Zambian mothers and sisters. Together, we carry out vocational training, artisan programs and form viable employment.
WAYAWAYA is a platform for women to create viable employment opportunities by undergoing a year-long vocational training. When they complete the training the novice artisans work in collaboration with the core team of WAYAWAYA. Making sure that the know-how, technical skills and professional confidence is passed down to the next person, every step of the way.
WITH A SOCIAL MISSION
WAYAWAYA is part of the slow fashion movement, with a mission of creating a meaningful industry for all the people involved. By providing vocational training and viable job opportunities WAYAWAYA support Zambian women in reaching their full potential. A more balanced, equal and human direction.WAYAWAYA is a family, and a different kind of brand. Every stitch we make is a physical proof that people matter.
To achieve this we:
Provide annual training, tailored by a team of occupational therapists, environment therapists, educators and artisan
Focus on the core members of WAYAWAYA acting as expert mentors to their fellow sisters
Follow up after completion of vocational training
Connect our sisters with volunteers with marketing-, finance- and other relevant expertise