The idea of Wazi Shoes came from two sisters, Alice and Heather, who have long term connections to East Africa. Their parents fell in love on a yacht in the Seychelle Islands. Heather was born in Mombasa, Kenya and the girls spent their early years there. Africa is forever in their hearts. Having become a nurse and earning a Masters in Nursing with an emphasis in HIV and Community Health, Alice moved to Tanzania to work in HIV prevention. She fell in love and married Abdul, a Tanzanian.
Luggage home was always filled to the brim with Eastern African goodies. Friends and family members would frequently request sandals, and voila the idea for Wazi Shoes was born with the heart of the business to fund nursing scholarships in East Africa. Now, after several years of developing styles, trying out various super-beaders, and conducting extensive wear tests, Wazi Shoes launched in the Spring of 2017. By December 2017, Wazi Shoes fully funded their first nurse scholar. Heather is Head of Creativity, Alice is Head of Operations and Abdul, Head of Production. Wazi Shoes is based in Santa Barbara, CA with operations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.