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Msichana (ms-cha-na) means “Young Woman” in Swahili, a language born of blended cultures including Africans, Arabs, and Europeans, and used in different countries across Africa.

At Msichana, we aim to build long-term, sustainable growth through education, employment and development programs for women, unleashing further benefit to their families and communities.

About Us

There is overwhelming quantitative evidence that women’s empowerment and gender equality are associated with peace and stability in society; yet women are an undermined group, working in vulnerable, low-paid, or undervalued jobs, and are more likely to end their lives in poverty. Msichana aims to generate commercial enterprise and self-sustaining local communities by empowering these women through employment, improved working conditions and development programs.

We achieve our goals by focusing on four key areas:

  • Education and Mentorship
  • Security and Equality
  • Family Life
  • Culture
Learn more about our Focus Areas

 

The Idea

Our founder, Lorna, was born and raised in Uganda and exposed to various cultures through interactions, art, and literature. Fashion for her has always been a way of life and a means of self-expression; her mother is a fashion designer so she grew up surrounded by fashion and its impact on individuals and society.
She moved to Canada over a decade ago, and after a successful career in the corporate world, decided to leverage her experience and skills for the cause she is most passionate about – hence, Msichana was born: using fashion as a medium for collective action to empower women, and building bridges through genuine exposure to people across the globe.

Our vision of multiculturalism is applied to fashion through clothing that fuses modern aesthetics with the richness of diverse cultures.
We are working away on our  initial clothing line to debut in Fall 2017!

Beyond fashion, Msichana serves as a channel for people to share and discover authentic cultural experiences through travel, art, food, music and literature.

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Press

In preparation for our 2017 release in Canada, we used Ed&Lorna’s wedding as a test-run/ opportunity to showcase our vision of multiculturalism. Our designs captivated in the bridesmaids’ dresses and the traditional wedding attire while friends from different corners of the world got a firsthand experience of Uganda’s beauty and the Kinyankore culture. our story was featured in The Edmonton Journal 

Contact us

Catalyzing change by elevating women and unlocking their potential.

Msichana Inc.
Edmonton, AB
CANADA

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