Hakuna Matata Imports and Accessories has grown out of my love for Africa, and the learning's that have come from working in Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. Hakuna Matata Imports and Accessories is a socially based business that supports small business development globally in Nairobi, Kenya, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and locally in Victoria B.C., Canada. Hakuna Matata markets products through an educational medium to help others understand the needs of Africa, the importance of supporting small business development, and models of development that create partnerships as opposed to dependencies. Hakuna Matata’s business model impacts a number of social structures that leave a legacy beyond the traditional business model. The three overall goals of this business include:
• Partnerships with small business to increase their marketability, sales, and the sustainability of their business in Africa (Nairobi and Addis Ababa) and Canada (Victoria, B.C)
• Hakuna Matata provides an educational platform to increase awareness and understanding about the continent of Africa.
• Hakuna Matata donates funds and skills to support the economic development of youth who struggle to gain employment in Nairobi, Kenya.
Building on the foundation of a collective culture products are marketed through neighborhood gatherings, and community markets. Products are also available on line.