FOUNDED IN 2019
Founded with the support of the Enactus Society at the University of Exeter.
COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
We are a registered CIC in the UK. 100% of our profits are reinvested into the project & the community.
Oyana’s team consists of students from the University of Exeter working daily to build a sustainable business in Kenya.
WHO WE ARE
Oyana is an impact driven skincare brand with a mission to empower people. Our story grew from the simple idea that products should not only be made well but also do good. We want to give consumers the opportunity to shop responsibly.
HOW WE STARTED
Oyana started in 2019 as a way to empower local women and their families. We visited Kwa Murugi and together with the local people, we developed an initiative to address their needs.
OUR FOCUS ON WOMEN
We believe that empowered women lead to an empowered society through a ripple effect. Female entrepreneurship is necessary to achieve a sustainable development.
At the moment we are running paid soap-making workshops with 3 of the women in the Kwa Murugi community. These training sessions have increased their monthly income by 50%.
All of our work is done through a partnership with a local NGO, the Doxa Project. Thanks to this collaboration, we can ensure that all of our actions are in line with the needs and culture of the local community.
In Exeter we are supported by the Enactus Society.
WHERE IT IS
Kwa Murugi is one of several slum communities situated around the city of Nakuru, Kenya. The community faces many problems, including high unemployment, lack of sanitation, unaffordable access to clean water, food, and electricity.