We have sourced a fabulous new range of animal-themed Fair Trade jewellery from Kenya, which is skillfully hand crafted from locally-sourced waste cow bone.
THE FAIR TRADE STORE has teamed up with Zuri Design who are are a UK-based importer, that has set up and works closely with, a number of projects in Kenya.
For instance, one project is called Excel Concepts and specialises in cow bone bead making. It was started in 2005 and has recently moved into a new premises in Kibera slum, on the outskirts of Nairobi. The aim of the project now is for it to become self sustainable. It has plans to be co-owned by 4 of the orginal young street boys who were trained on project start-up programmes and who have remained comitted to their work. They are now producing top quality beads that are used by a number of other producer groups including our beautiful animal-themed range of Fair Trade jewellery.
This project involves bringing change to the cow bone jewellery industry in Kibera slum, Nairobi. This craft industry has been around since the late 70’s and employs over 500 people in Nairobi. These workers are almost always underpaid and work with dangerous machinery and in dirty and unsafe workshops. Most of these workshops are based in the slums, including the workshop this project helped to start. The work is highly skilled, yet the workers of this industry are often exploited, with middle men taking advantage of the fact many buyers are too scared to visit workshops in the slum. The idea of this project is to set up and run an example workshop so that others locally can see the benefits of adhering to Fair Trade principles.
A second project is Luckysama Women`s Group, named after the area in Nairobi where the ladies live. The 7 employees here work from home, buying cow bone beads from the project above and finishing them off into the stylish Fair Trade jewellery you can see in our range.
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