// WHAT WE DO //
Zwervend (ZVAIR-vend) is a marketplace and travel blog exploring ideas of sustainability, creativity, and journey.
We’re still just getting started, but the goal is to connect gifted but under-resourced artisans to the international market by providing tools to overcome barriers such as:
-finances for raw materials
-marketing & branding expertise
-guidance on designing to current trends
-handling shipping & sales
// WHO WE ARE //
EMILY GRACE GOODRICH- FOUNDER
I am Emily Grace Goodrich, an artist and designer mostly from San Diego, California. For the last few years, I’ve split my time between Kampala, Uganda, and Portland, Oregon. I work for two companies that each have a mission to provide steady employment to talented Ugandan women, and have nearly seven years of experience navigating the markets of Kampala and Nairobi in search of materials and makers. In previous versions of life, I have been a barista, preschool teacher, data entry analyst, shopgirl, and even once had a temporary gig putting sticker labels on VHS tapes.
When I’m home in the U.S., I love road trips through the desert and along the Oregon Coast, train rides, finding cool stuff in the alley, perusing amazing farmers markets and independent restaurants, and the small group of talented crafty ladies who hang around the Make Good; extraordinary women who helped me take myself a lot more seriously as a designer. When I’m in Kampala, I love exploring new places, hosting dinner parties, and lazy hammock days spent in the garden. My favorite things are traveling, moss, thunderstorms, documentaries, cooking, books, writing, and anything to do with art.
AGNES + BEA- ARTISANS
Agnes & Beatrice are two enthusiastic jewelry makers from northern Uganda who currently live in Kampala. They are our very first artisan partnership, and you can read more about them on their page.
Agnes is also an excellent record-keeper, designer, and teacher. We’re hoping she can grow into a partnership role, coordinating day-to-day operations.
AMARO DREAMS – COOPERATIVE
This group of women from Banda have been making paper beads together for nearly a decade. While the market in Uganda is saturated, they work to create designs that look great regardless of the medium, and are working to learn new skills to introduce an entirely new product line sometime next year. They’re also focused on opening a jewelry supply store out of their workshop, so their neighbors won’t have to travel to town every time they need clasps or string.