Modern African design upcycled products created by marginalised artisans
2019 SEED Africa Award Winner Biodiversity Lilongwe, Malawi

Kibebe trains marginalised artisans to produce upcycled products to sell at their brick and mortar outlet and at a local farmers market. The product line includes 35 products made from recycled materials. They also offer tours of the production centre and camp to bring customers closer to the communities that make the products.

Profits are also given to a partner organisation that runs vocational training programs, where graduates may also be integrated into the Kibebe workforce. This creates jobs for marginalised communities.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Kibebe provides training for marginalised artisans, enabling them to increase their income and improve their decision making power in the community. The upcycled products also have an environmental impact by using local waste to create valuable products.
  • Increasing incomes of artisans from marginalised communities
  • Providing educational and vocational training programmes for artisans
  • Connecting social impact with tourism products
  • Supporting gender equality and empowerment through hiring women artisans
  • Using recyclable materials such as repurposed clothing, plastic bottles, scraps of foam and fabric, plastic packaging, card and cardboard packaging
  • Operating up to 50% of production machines with pedals
  • Using local inputs to make products

  • Providing decent work to 40 artisans from marginalised groups in and around the Dzaleka refugee camp
  • Employing all-female staff members
  • Acting as a distribution channel for refugee artisans who are legally unable to work outside of the camp



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

There is Hope is an NGO that houses the workshop where the artisans produce Kibebe products, and offer vocational training courses.

Trust law is an NGO that is supporting the incorporation of the US entity for Kibebe to set up an ecommerce platform to reach global customers.

Segal Family Foundation provides capacity building services and funding to Kibebe through There is Hope.

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