Zane Wilemon is the Founder and Executive Director of CTC International. Zane discovered his life’s calling after purchasing a one-way ticket to Kenya in 2000. After living in Kenya for a year, Zane’s life was changed as he recognized that our lives are inextricably tied to God and one another. CTC’s core value is to create opportunities that empower each other to lift ourselves beyond our perceived limitations. Zane is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his Masters in Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest.
Jeremiah Kuria is the country Director for CTC International Kenya. He has served his community as a Pastor and Director of an orphanage for nine years where he met Zane. During Jeremiah's time in ministry, he was moved by people's love and commitment to God but also realized their struggle to make ends meet. Recognizing that poverty and hardship were a great barrier to furtherance of the gospel, Jeremiah joined with Zane to create CTC International to create opportunities for the community of Maai Mahiu, Kenya. God has been faithful since and Jeremiah is excited to learn ways of improving these services.
Ubuntu (formerly CTC International) is a social business that creates jobs and infrastructure for communities in Kenya. Since its beginning in 2008, CTC International focused on empowering communities and creating opportunities that provide livelihoods for people in Kenya. Today, the company operates under the same vision by building social businesses whose income combined with charitable giving provides the resources to sustain the company’s nonprofit impact initiatives. UBUNTU means “I am because we are,” and has been a pillar within company culture and vision since day one. UBUNTU is a nod to the meaningful relationships and story that both established and continues to motivate the company. Recently, Ubuntu launched The Adventure Collection as a collaborative conscious fashion effort with Zazzle.