After winding through the labyrinth passages of popular TOI market in Nairobi, hidden behind Adam’s Arcade, you will find Ruth Abade. The workshop for Black Fly, Ruth’s fashion business is a beautiful sort of chaos characterized by recycled African fabrics ready to be prototyped and crafted into exquisite accessories and designer wear. With imagination, finesse, and attention to detail, Ruth has a master’s touch that turns a waste fabric into a one-of-a-kind make-up bag, laptop sleeve, or African jacket. Ruth’s team made me a custom yoga mat from these beautiful African fabrics that I absolutely love. Ruth recently became Kiva Zip Trustee as she wants to empower her fellow entrepreneurial designers that lack access to finance by providing them access to Kiva Zip loans.
The quote is from Nina Patel, a Kiva Zip Fellow. Kiva loans is a great way of empowering small businesses people with small finance. Nina recently helped us become a Kiva Zip Trustee, which gives us opportunity to help artisans that we know and trust to receive loans.
Read Nina’s full blog post in which she presents established and upcoming artists in Nairobi who have received Kiva loans.
And if you want to find our sort of chaotic studio at the TOI market, here is a map.