WHO WE ARE
Wazi Vision, legally incorporated in Uganda in 2017 is a female-founded, female-led business based in Kampala, Uganda that has developed a scalable means of upcycling “waste” – such as plastic – into sustainable, high quality eye wear that is 80% more affordable than market alternatives.
Today, over 1 billion people have a preventable or addressable visual impairment. Of these, 123.7 Million have an unaddressed refractive error; and, 80% of those with poor vision live in low- or middle-income countries. Yet, the cost of corrective eye wear and eye testing services remains high and barely affordable for the majority of people in low and middle income countries of Africa.
The global economy loses $227 billion every year from lost productivity among adults who need eyeglasses. Providing affordable access to reading glasses alone would boost productivity by up to 34%. Illiteracy costs the global economy $1.19 trillion each year.
Wazi Vision therefore focuses on providing an alternative to existing eye care solutions - making eye care more affordable to those who can least afford it.
We provide customers with an affordable alternative to expensive eye care. We manufacture high quality, stylish and durable eye wear from recycled materials.
At Wazi, impact within our communities is at the forefront of who we are and what our vision is. We believe that in order to be successful, we need to focus on improving the lives of those around us and empower them to grow. With support from USADF, we were able to organize eye camps, test more than 5,000 children in 2017 in multiple schools across Uganda and provide those in need of eye glasses with affordable eye wear. We have also over the years donated eye wear to children that otherwise cannot afford even the cheaper alternatives we provide. This has been due to support of various people across the globe that have donated money to purchase eye glasses for the children. In addition, every pair of glasses bought contributes 10% to the purchase of a pair of eye glasses for a child in need.
Brenda serves as the CEO at Wazi. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering but is also a risk professional who oversees She is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow and has also previously served on the Regional Advisory Board of the Young African Leader’s Initiative (YALI) and the advisory board of the STARTS Prize of the Ars Electronica.
Geogette Ochieng Ndabukiye
Geogette serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at Wazi. She leads sales teams and oversees sales and business development strategies. A lawyer by profession, Geogette quit her job to join the Wazi team and has helped grow the Wazi Brand across Uganda.
Brian supports the Wazi team to design and manufacture its eye glasses. He oversees design, development and quality control. Brain brings a wealth of 10+ years of experience in 3D design, modeling and commercial subtractive manufacturing.
From Silicon Alley to San Francisco, London, and Mumbai, Ethan Mayers has driven innovation and frontier technology as a serial entrepreneur, investor, and startup advisor across supply chains, circular economies, and media. Ethan was previously COO of Techstars alum Global Resonance, a SaaS, blockchain-powered startup, and Co-Founder of Retovian, a Private Equity-backed mobile operations software platform. Previously, Ethan spent seven years building and running Synthenai, a consulting firm that delivered strategy for SMEs and startups. Ethan currently serves on the Board of Directors at Lear Media, and is a global mentor of the Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law and Rockstart VC.
Jennifer is an experienced finance and strategy professional that has worked with multiple startups in the US and Europe.
She has previously done work for UNLEASH and the Clinton Health Initiative in the US and supports Wazi with advisory services pertaining to strategy, finance, investment and operations.