Shining the Spotlight on Mama Mzungu - Empowering Women and Children with Albinism in Uganda

Across many parts of Africa, due to societal ignorance about people with Albinism, many affected experience exclusion, stigmatization and the denial of basic rights such as education and health. Broad ignorance, misbeliefs and superstitions also endanger people with Albinism’s lives. In everyday life, those affected by Albinism, particularly as women and children, are frequently treated less than human and are not considered capable of amounting to anything.  
People with albinism are born lacking melanin in their skin, which protects those who have it from things like the sun. They also lack melanin in their eyes, meaning they are extremely sensitive to the sun and typically have vision impairment. The average lifespan in Africa for those affected is 40, mostly because of their skin being a major threat to them. Even at government level, there isn’t much effort to give those affected economic empowerment, or a system for sustainable job creation.


Some projects in Africa do give out sun cream and long-sleeved clothing to people with Albinism, and offer skin cancer screenings, but nothing is done to actually create jobs so that these people can start to take care of their own health needs and be seen in society as contributing to the local economy – which is where Mama Mzungu comes in!

Through Mama Mzungu, the social enterprise initiative was born. Under the economic empowerment arm of registered NGO, Women and Children with Albinism in Uganda (WACWAU), they have so far been able to create full-time employment for 13 women affected by Albinism in Uganda, who create high-quality, natural, artisan products such as hand and body balms, baskets, bags and lip balms. 

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With a hunger to show society what they are capable of, Mama Mzungu aims to: 
- Cultivate sustainable job creation 
- Aid economic empowerment and self-reliance  
- Change the image of those affected by Albinism so that they can achieve a level of respect and acceptance they deserve 

Mama Mzungu also: 
- Print all labels and promotional/point of sale materials on recycled paper  
- Do not use any plastic packaging  
- Use recyclable/reusable tins to package their products 
- Minimise carbon output by using manual sewing machines 
- Have a very low waste output; all soap trimmings are converted to guest soaps for the hospitality

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If you'd like to invest in Mama Mzungu's range, and help maintain the empowerment of women and children affevted by Albinism in Uganda, you can browse the Mama Mzungu range on our site. All available to shop now.

Published at: 01-03-2022
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