By Kristen Johnson
Yema, a company specializing in activewear for women, was founded by Yema Khalif who grew up in the biggest slum in Africa. After spending his childhood in Kibera Slum in Kenya, he was able to study in the United States with a Road to Freedom Scholarship. After graduation, Mr. Khalif and a college friend founded this wonderful company in San Francisco which seeks to serve vulnerable girls in Kibera while providing fun activewear for women. (yemacalif.com). Yema is notable for several reasons:
Yema manufactures its clothing right here in the US – in Los Angeles, CA: The company insists on manufacturing domestically, while providing living wages for workers in an environmentally friendly atmosphere.
Yema supports girls in Kibera Slums: With every sale of activewear, Yema sends $5 to Kibera Slums to support education of girls. That’s a cause worth supporting. (My family has been supporting a girl’s education center there for many years so this is definitely a cause we believe in!)
Yema manufactures fun stuff: Their clothing looks beautiful and functional. (I ordered a sports item today so I’ll know for sure soon if their clothing is as comfortable as it looks!) My only complaint is the website’s reference to “sexy” clothing and the models in the pictures are definitely acting the part. (If we really want to empower young women in the US and in places like Kibera, we need to stop objectifying them!)
I am happy to support a company that manufactures domestically. lives with high environmental standards, and empowers and educates women living in poverty. What’s not to love?
Thank you to the founders and workers at Yema for the work that you do. It is important and I am proud to support you.
1 Corinthians 16:14 (NRSV): Let all that you do be done in love.
Serve all with love.
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