Wapi means where in Swahili. In Nairobi, you’ll hear a lot of, “iko wapi…?” Translated to English, this means, “where is…”—insert whatever the person is looking for. WAPI Box, however, is all about “where” in a good way. It’s about where to get cool stuff that is local.
The company, WAPI?, puts it best:
Nairobi is full of hidden treasures. WAPI? enables you to discover the best of what your city has to offer, connecting you with local businesses, artisans and initiatives which meet your needs and interests.
WAPI? works with local businesses, artisans and initiatives to increase their visibility, reach and impact. WAPI? provides a range of options to help you find local, authentic, meaningful products and experiences, according to your needs and interests, away from the dining, shopping and social experiences offered by go-to malls.
The way it works is quite simple. Much like monthly boxes you can subscribe to in the U.S., WAPI? Box lets you sign up for a three-, six-, or twelve-month subscription or you can order month by month.
I ordered my first box in May and it was delivered to my door, no problem. I loved what I got. This included some dried mango, a necklace, soap, hand cream, and some cool little patches to put onto denim.
I highly recommend WAPI? if you’re interested in local, artisan items. You can buy one box just to give it a try.