Rahel Mwitula Williams

Rahel is the founder and lead designer of ILAVA.As a social entrepreneur, she was born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa. She migrated to the USA with her family when she was 12 years old and held her Tanzanian heritage near to her heart.

She obtained her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Loyola University and went on to receive her Master’s of Science from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

While popular culture may see African attire as a trend, Rahel sees it as a lifestyle. She aims to incorporate her culture into fashion and give back to her native country every chance she gets.

Mwasi Mwitula

Mwasi is the CEO of ILAVA.

She was born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa. She migrated to the USA with her family when she was 13 years old and holds her Tanzanian heritage near to her heart.

She obtained her bachelor of science degree in Education from Roosevelt University.

Mwasi is a talented makeup artist and natural hair expert.  

Neema Kisasa

Neema is the Director of Operations for ILAVA.

She is a businesswoman with training in water resources management, women's development, and tailoring.

Ms. Kisasa is a mother and wife. She oversees the day-to-day operations of ILAVA in Tanzania.  

Frida Joseph

Frida is the Buyer and Manager for ILAVA.

Frida is also a trained pre-primary teacher. She has an exceptional eye for selecting perfect fabrics. Not only that, but she is a resilient and hard worker.

Rehema Ayumwi Nyela

Rehema is a seamtress for ILAVA.

She is a talented and skilled seamstress. She is a mother of two children. Her attention to detail and professionalism is an asset to our growing team.