Introducing... The Afridrille!

A project in Austin, TX by Ubuntu Made

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The first fully-customizable espadrille shoe, designed in Austin and handmade in Kenya! #liveubuntu ❤️
Backers: 797
Average Pledge Per Backer: $139

Funded: $110,916 of $25,000
Dates: Apr 3rd -> May 3rd (30 days)
Project By: Ubuntu Made
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Latest News

Asante Sana + Next Steps

May 3rd - via:
Thank you for making Afridrilles a reality!! A few things need to happen before we can kick off production and fulfillment. Here's a quick rundown: First, we have to find out which shoes you want and where to send them. We’ll send you a BackerKit... (Read More)


May 2nd - via:
There's less than 12 hours left of our campaign, and WE JUST HIT $106,000!! Incase you missed it – we just went live from Kenya, answering all things shoe sizing, backer next steps, and fulfillment timelines! Check out our sizing information here... (Read More)

New Perk Level! – Limited Edition CAMO!

April 27th - via:
Hey Backers! With only 5 days left of our campaign, we're releasing a Limited Edition CAMO print Afridrille!  ONLY 40 PAIRS available – get 'em while they're hot! Camo – printed by hand using 3 different layers!  (Read More)

Meet the Maker Mums – Kenya Q&A!

April 26th - via:
Hey Backers! Want to chat with our Maker Mums? We're going LIVE from Kenya tomorrow! (9 AM CTS)  Founders Zane and Jeremiah will give you a behind the scenes tour of our Ubuntu Studio, and sit down with the ladies who make it all happen! Send us... (Read More)

Friendly Competition // Win GOLD AFRIDRILLES!

April 20th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

LIVE Kickstarter Q&A with Co-Founder, Zane Wilemon!

April 17th - via:
Hey Guys! Excited about your new kicks but have some questions? We're going LIVE on Kickstarter tomorrow at 1 CT with Ubuntu Co-Founder, @zane.wilemon! He'll be talking all things Afridrilles and Maker Mums. Message us your questions and tune in... (Read More)

Afridrilles, Shoes From Africa to Austin and Beyond: Local nonprofit helps children with special needs via Kickstarter

April 14th - via:
In the spirit of teaching a person to fish instead of simply giving them a meal, Ubuntu Made, an Austin based nonprofit, is making waves by using a combination of entrepreneurship and philanthropy to help those in need. (Read More)

Stretch Goal: New Pattern WINNER!

April 12th - via:
We hear ya, PALMS it is! So, if we reach $60,000 we will unlock this new pattern.  We are less than $3,000 away! Almost there! So exciting! Here's a little design inspiration with some of our favorite PALM combinations: Red palms on red canvas White... (Read More)

Update From Kenya!

April 11th - via:
Hey Guys! Incase you missed it, we're having a vote on our Instagram story for our NEW PATTERN! Check out the videos we snapped while testing our Palm and Star prints! Each canvas piece is screen printed and cut by hand to create your custom... (Read More)

Stretch Goal: Help us pick our NEW pattern!

April 11th - via:
Hi guys!  We have some EXCITING news for you - If we reach $60,000 we will add a new pattern!  We need YOU to decide between our 2 favorites!  Follow us on Instagram NOW to vote for your favorite. Here's a sneak peak! WHO WILL WIN?    (Read More)

A Little Friendly Competition!

April 5th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Success! Time to raise the bar!

April 4th - via:
Dear Ubuntu Backers, Thank you for being the first to support the Afridrille! With your backing, we'll be able to launch an incredible shoe and empower many more women in Kenya. We're thrilled to announce that we've already blown through our... (Read More)

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