When Zia was in university back in 2013, she began a side hustle buying second-hand clothing from local markets and selling them to her classmates. While she was in school for international development, it was clear to her that fashion was her passion. Therefore, after graduating, she decided to venture into the fashion and retail industry, importing and selling clothes from Australia. However, when COVID hit, her business model was challenged. Upon reflecting on her options, Zia decided to focus on manufacturing her own pieces locally.
Today, Zia Africa boasts an all-female 7 person team—which is no surprise considering women empowerment is at the heart of the company’s mission. “Help women be the best version of themselves, whether through employment or the clothes they sell," that’s Zia Africa’s motto.
In the future, Zia hopes to train and employ 1000 women tailors. But for this year, she is focused on expanding to the rest of Africa, beyond Nairobi. She also hopes to develop more clothing lines, such as childrenswear and activewear.
In her free time, Zia likes to work out, eat at new restaurants, and overall maintain a healthy lifestyle.