A fantastic initiative has been started by one of our importers, Zuri Design, involving a small team of artisans in the Kibera slum, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya who are making Fairly Traded Jewellery.

This slum is the largest in Africa and was recently featured in a two-part documentary called Famous, Rich and in the Slums. It was supporting The BBC`s Red Nose Day Appeal, 2011 and centred on the everyday life of residents as witnesses by Lenny Henry, Angela Rippon, Reggie Yates and Samantha Womack.

Zuri have been working in partnership with a youth employment project called Excel Concepts in order to raise funds to open a pioneering bone workshop in the slum.
Currently, the majority of workshops are unsafe with many of the workers exploited by middle men.

THE FAIR TRADE STORE is now stocking a range of bracelets where every penny of profit from the sales of these products is returned to the producer to fund this community project.
If you would like to purchase one, please email or call me direct. (Please see the Contact Us section on this Blog for full details).
Our Blog will follow the progress of the new workshop and what positive changes your purchases bring to this unregulated industry that employs almost 500 young people from the slum.

Excel Concepts also help produce a range of our ongoing jewellery, made from waste cow bone beads, which comprises of bracecelets, necklaces and earrings like the ones shown at the top of this blog post.
You can get a feel for the products by visiting the Fair Trade jewellery section of our website.

As we often say, “together we can make a difference”.
Many thanks for your interest – Paul.

STOP PRESS : Over £800 has now been raised for this project by the sales of these bracelets and associated collections!

What do you think? Please feel free to leave your comments below – we`d love to hear from you.