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small wins

Reflecting today on one of our UBUNTU Mums, Miriam, photographed here inside her home on my latest trip to Kenya. Miriam has been sewing and hand making products at UBUNTU for about the last 5 years. She is a peaceful, quiet, gentle spirit with a fierce will and determination to create opportunities for her family.

While the team from Zazzle was in town we spent a day touring all UBUNTU programs, walking through Maai Mahiu town and visiting a few of our UBUNTU Mums homes. We like to do this deep dive into UBUNTU so our partners better understand our culture, the reason why we do what we do and to get a better feel for the town where we live and work.

Miriam’s home was the last home we visited that evening. She recently built the home and purchased the land with the savings she’s earned while at UBUNTU. I titled this entry, “Small Wins” after visiting Miriam’s home and hearing more of her story. I learned that Miriam had not only built this home and purchased this land, but that she is also paying healthcare that covers her needs as well as her 6 children. Miriam recently broke her ankle and the entire procedure was covered under her healthcare through UBUNTU. She is also able to put all 6 of her children through school.

Sitting there by kerosene lantern in this tin metal home with dirt floors surrounded by Miriams family and a few of the other UBUNTU Mums made me realize that what we’re doing is creating small wins. The health insurance, the school fees, the land, the home…each of these represents a small win that is taking place in Miriams life as well as the other employees at UBUNTU that translates into hundreds of lives being impacted.

When I’m able to step back from the hustle and rest in one of our mums homes, sipping tea and hearing her story it reminds me what we’re all about. It refreshes my spirit keeping me rooted in what matters. It fuels my reason for being and for creating the brand, UBUNTU which literally translates, “I am because we are.”

We are all connected and it was wonderful to be encouraged and reminded by Miriam about why we’re walking down this path together.

Big love,



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Zane Wilemon is the Founder and Executive Director of Ubuntu. Zane discovered his life’s calling after purchasing a one-way ticket to Kenya in 2000. After living in Kenya for a year, Zane’s life was changed as he recognized that our lives are inextricably tied to God and one another. UBUNTU’s core value is to create opportunities that empower each other to lift ourselves beyond our perceived limitations. Zane is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his Masters in Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest.

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