About Us

Jacqueline W. Kaphipa

C.E.O and Founder, Timiza Designs

Timiza Designs is a Tanzania brand, founded in 2014 by Jacqueline Kaphipa, She brings Timiza to life through passion and love, and with a strong desire to empower women and young girls, by giving them an opportunity to rely on themselves.
Timiza Designs works together with talented tailors and designers - mostly women and young girls - to develop a sustainable and ethical fashion brand, that also transforms African colorful wax print into ethnology-chic clothes and accessories.
In 2018, Timiza Designs moved from Bagamoyo, where it was founded, to Zanzibar, with the aim of creating awareness and achieving a greater growth potential. Despite many challenges, with the help of a strong team, Timiza Designs recently opened a shop in Stonetown, Zanzibar. Come visit us in the Old Fort!

Michael Herman is the Operations Director (OD) for Timiza Designs, as well as Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Outer Loop Theater Experience in the U.S. He and his wife Rachael are the creators of The Humanity Project, an arts-based initiative that helps support health care projects in Tanzania. Michael was born and raised in New York, and now spends most his time working in Zanzibar and Mloka.


Rachael Yoder is the Marketing Director (MD) for Timiza Designs, as well as Co-Artistic Director for The Outer Loop Theater Experience, alongside her Husband Michael. With The Outer Loop, Rachael manages U.S. operations of The Humanity Project, an arts-based initiative that helps support health care projects. She's also passionate about helping Tanzanian artists like Jacqueline Kaphipa reach a wider audience with their work.