About Kifas

Kifas is a for-profit social enterprise making appropriate mobility technology available to millions of children with disabilities in lower to middle income populations. Since1992, Kifas has served a broad range of needs in the community of peoples with disabilities.


Kifas began as a small-shop operation, making low-volume/low-cost Whirlwind chairs developed by Ralf Hotchkiss and associates at Whirlwind Wheelchair International (San Francisco State University). In subsequent years, Kifas developed 4 more models with special seating adaptations based on the original Whirlwind design, meeting the needs for seating and positioning not met by other chairs on the market.

In 2010 Kifas was transformed from a small-scale shop into a manufacturing operation, tripling its workforce and increasing its volume by eight fold as orders for its new RoughRider model poured in. Since then, thousands of Rough Riders where produced and shipped all over the world.

In 2011 Kifas entered a partnership with Wayne Hanson and Xplore Mobility of Bozeman, Montana to manufacture Xplore Mobility's new line of children's orthopedic mobility chairs for Europe, Central Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. Kifas continues to focus on seating and positioning issues, especially related to children.

Kifas continues to implement technology from world-class wheelchair designers and provide appropriate technology for this part of the world.