TASWIRA, which means “vision” in Swahili, stands for Transformative Action for Sustainable Women's Initiatives & Resources in Africa.
Established by Avery Barnes in 2019, TASWIRA is a versatile and eclectic space located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square that functions as a Cultural Art gallery, retail store, and event space. Following her first experience volunteering at the Bamburi Women’s EmpowermentCenter (BWEC) in Kenya, Avery founded the organization as a way to support the female artisans at the center who handcrafted TASWIRA’s unique line of Afrocentric streetwear, accessories, handwoven home goods, and other retail products.
TASWIRA is a purpose-driven organization whose overarching mission is to create opportunities for historically disadvantaged artists and entrepreneurs to participate and compete in our global economy. Each facet of the business supports this mission in a distinct way: