Founder of Tuli
Class of 2012, English and Journalism majors
As the founder of Tuli — a social business and fashion brand that fights poverty by creating sustainable jobs in Uganda — Kitt brings livelihood to others. Tuli sells jewelry made by women in Kampala, with the sales providing fair-living wages to the artisans allowing them to rise out of poverty, educate their children, and save for the future. Unemployment is a huge problem in Uganda, Kitt says, and Tuli’s goal is to use economic development to empower the hardworking and talented women with whom they partner.
How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?
I was drawn to SPU because of its mission, and my years at the university were formative in how I understand the world and my place in it. SPU also taught me to think, analyze, and empathize in new ways; the faculty pushed me to try new things and move beyond what’s expected of me. I use all of those lessons daily as I navigate the challenges and tumult of startup life.
Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?
Dr. Doug Thorpe was a big ally for me. He taught the importance of self-reflection and self-awareness. His interest not only in my career, but also in my life, was a huge part of my time at SPU and afterward. Dr. Tom Amorose and Greg Wolfe both pushed me as a writer and their guidance and editing helped me to secure a job in the competitive field of journalism after graduation, which ultimately led to Tuli.
What advice would you give to current SPU students?
Don’t be afraid to say yes to new things or to do what scares you! You never know what might be waiting for you on the other side of any opportunity.