Africans Travel to SXSW in Texas to Network With Each Other

Brenda Katwesigye traveled thousands of kilometers from Uganda in eastern Africa to Austin, Texas with a vision. She wants to find help for Wazi Vision, the startup that she founded in 2016 to make eyeglasses more affordable. Katwesigye’s company, named for the Swahili word that means “clear,” says Wazi Vision makes the frames from recycled plastic and that they cost 80 percent less than what is currently on the market.

“We need people that are here that can sell them in their stores. We need people with online e-commerce platforms that can help with logistics and everything,” she said.

Katwesigye hopes to find these partners at South by Southwest (SXSW), the music and film festival and tech conference held in Austin in the spring every year. Her home away from home at…

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