What is oo-JAH-mah ?

Ujamaa Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded with a social mission to act as a catalyst to advance Africana Women by providing a fair trade marketplace for cultural, artistic and entrepreneurial exchange through cooperative economics in the Historic Hill District and beyond. “We lift as we climb.”

We are accomplishing this through our Hill District based artisan boutique, pop-up marketplace events,  arts and entrepreneurship programming, and through our advocacy on health and wealth, including our passion for cooperatives, rooted in our values of meaningful work, creativity, community and wellness.

“And so, lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go, struggling and striving, and hoping that the buds and blossoms of our desires will burst into glorious fruition ere long.”
— Mary Church Terrell

Our Causes

Investing in the next generation of Africana women makers
through art, culture and cooperation.

Aya Duafe Arts & Entrepreneurship Program

The Aya Duafe Arts and Entrepreneurship program is an innovative blending of STEAM and cooperative economics with hands-on career exploration, contextualized by an Africana leadership and cultural framework. Taking a youth-centered approach, the program provides training activities for participants to develop their creative practices while ensuring their development is socially practical and culturally relevant.
Raised: $0.00
Goal: $5,000.00

WholeBodycare Manufacturing Cooperative

Through Ujamaa's Cooperative Business and Entrepreneurship Development Initiative, Ujamaa Collective is seeding the launch of the WholeBodycare Manufacturing Cooperative, with a vision to brand a message of wellness, increase production and access to quality natural products and create cooperative opportunities for local women to gain employment, ownership and experience in the personal care industry.
Raised: $0.00
Goal: $10,000.00

Summer Travel Project: Ghana 2019, “Year of Return”

Ujamaa is honored to be one of three organizations that is a part of the Hill District Global Education Coalition, providing international learning trips to urban teenagers. This year, we have the privilege and responsibility to mentor 10 young women through a pre-immersion, immersion and post-immersion process related to a 10 day educational program in Ghana, West Africa.
Raised: $0.00
Goal: $3,000.00

Shop with Us

Support makers, entrepreneurs & artisans locally and globally by shopping our various items made by women entrepreneurs and artist.

Get Involved

Attend one of our creative or entrepreneurship programs or become a member of the Ujamaa Collective’s fair trade artisan boutique.


Make a tax-deductible donation to help us continue to provide local and global artisans with an economic outlet for their work and art.

Are You a Maker? Become a Member!

Cooperative economics empowers us all to strengthen the enterprises that bring quality products and services into our local community. It’s a win-win situation!

Join us and become a part of a cooperative network that helps to create a vibrant community, socially and economically, bolstering the people and products that offer a fair exchange of value.

About Us

Africana women are the first teachers of their children, the community advocates, and a creative force within the family. It is our goal to harness these qualities to support women to create agency within their own lives…

Our Mission

Ujamaa Collective is a catalyst to advance Africana Women by providing a fair trade marketplace for cultural, artistic and entrepreneurial exchange through cooperative economics in the Historic Hill District and beyond.  “We lift as we climb.”

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Client Testimonials

Our Small, Mighty Staff

“If you think you are too small to make a difference then you have not spent the night with a mosquito”.

Lakeisha Wolf

Executive Director

LaKeisha focuses on the business affairs and cooperative development of emerging...

Frankie Harris

Boutique Merchandiser/Special Event Decorator

Frankie is a merchandiser and works to design coordinating scenes and...

Our Blog

Habari Gani? Check out our blog to get the latest news from Ujamaa Collectives and profiles on local artist and makers.