Meaning “I will help myself” in Acholi, a tribal language in northern Uganda, Akonye Kena was founded in 2009 by Richard Kennair. Since 2000, Richard has worked with projects in Africa, primarily Uganda.

With a focus on education and self-sufficiency, we believe that given the correct tools and resource, groups can break the poverty cycle and improve their communities.

We believe in a hands-off approach to development. We believe that through operating within the tenets of Fair Trade, groups and small businesses can determine for themselves how to meet their needs.

We believe in education, and our profits are targeted towards providing educational opportunities for deserving youth – with a strong focus on post-secondary education in marketable skills.