Our Five Finalist for the Young Women in Creative Industries Fund: Round One
HEVA is excited to announce our five finalists for the first round of the Young Women in Creative Industries Fund application call. This is our first finance and business support facility that is solely intended to support women-owned and women-led early-stage creative enterprises in Kenya. This venture is in collaboration with JENGA CCI – Global Project Culture and Creative Industries, a project of the Goethe-Institut Kenya and GIZ.
In March 2019, we invited young women in creative industries who were looking to increase their production capacities, invest in new technology and product lines, as well as expand their distribution the East African market to apply for this investment. We received a total of 45 applications which all went through a thorough analysis process, whittling them down to the successfully selected final five. Meet them below!
Kawira Mirero is the founder of Mambo Pambo, a Nairobi based fashion house that is changing how Kenyans experience locally made clothes by offering high quality, beautifully designed and well-fitted garments. She and her supporting team of designers, artisans and craftsmen credit the inspiration behind their proudly made in Kenya designs to the intertwinement of Africa and nature.
Her investment will go towards incorporation, new hires, a location change, an e-commerce platform and testing out a new retail concept.
HEVA has had the pleasure of priorly engaging this unique lifestyle and apparel brand through our Cultural Heritage Seed Fund. Founder and CEO, Wangari Nyanjui continues to enrich the Kenyan cultural experience by using colloquialisms, historical figures and inspirational Pan-African icons as muses for the charming, vibrant and varied products that Peperuka sells.
Through this investment Peperuka will expand their distribution network and increase their available working capital.
Maggie Mungai and Monique Brown are the dynamic duo that merged their independent labels in early 2017 to create African Classics. This seamless merger of fashion bags, jewellery and travel accessories - known for their ‘adventure in style’ look - connects each product to the brand’s continental roots. Beyond function and aesthetic, their product durability is a testament to African Classic’s exemplary workmanship. This investment will go towards new equipment and fabric.
Chilli Mango clothing was founded and is directed by Njeri Gikera. The Afro-urban streetwear brand prides itself on handmade in Kenya apparel and accessories which are adorned in funky, quirky and iconic African and Kenyan inspired designs. Many of the brand’s item pieces also include the leso and khanga materials, stitching culture as a key identifier in the brand’s fabric of DNA. More recently, Chilli Mango has been exploring how to best include more socially responsible production in its practices, with the intent to minimise negative environmental impact.
Via this investment, Chilli Mango will expand the Pop Up and Chill Market, as well as engage in shoe production, e-commerce setup and distribution
The Textile Loft
Wagura Kamwana is the face behind The Textile Loft. This Nairobi based retail store imports quality fabrics and accessories for resale. They provide value addition to their customers by proposing samples of styled garments to retail shops and boutiques for subsequent manufacturing. The business’ services in garment production include: producing sketches, pattern making, sample making and garment branding (clothing labels, care labels and size labels). Their investment will be focused on new hires and equipment purchase.
Congratulations to all our Young Women in Creative Industries Fund finalists. We look forward to working together and supporting your businesses to flourish in our investment journey together!