About Us

Meet the co-founders

Co-founders Kiyah and Lisa share Maine roots, but their paths first crossed during their PhD research in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ten years later, their paths crossed again.

This time they were both moms - with 7 kids between them - and they rediscovered a shared passion for food, creativity, and an interest in helping little ones develop healthy mealtime habits.

You see, they knew what parents could do to help their kids succeed at mealtime and learn to love eating healthy foods, but didn't see the right tools to help them do that. When the right products just couldn't be found Kizingo was born!

Kiyah and daughter in Tanzania

Meet Kizingo

In 2010, Kiyah and her husband lived and worked in Tanzania. As a nutritionist and mother to a little girl who was just learning to eat solid foods, Kiyah eagerly experimented with fresh local produce - much of it new to her family - and local recipes. The name KIZINGO means CURVED in Swahili and honors that time of exploration and discovery.

The Real Story

We are moms and nutrition experts. We watched our kids struggle to learn to feed themselves - and most of their food ended up on them, the floor and us!  We also knew from our work as nutrition scientists that kids who learn to feed themselves at young ages are less likely to overeat and become picky eaters.

So, we re-imagined the traditional toddler spoon and designed the Kizingo Curved Spoon. The spoon is designed to work with the way children hold utensils making it easer for kids to successfully feed themselves.

Now we're moving beyond spoons to build products that support healthy habits and happy mealtimes for all!