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Excel Concepts

Excel Concepts specialises in waste cow bone bead making. It was started in 2005 by 4 young street boys who were trained on project start-up programmes. They have recently moved into a new premises in Kibera slum, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. After lots of hard work and support from a UK-based Fair Trade business called Zuri Design, the group is now self sustainable.

They are now designing, manufacturing the actual beads and assembling intricate jewellery pieces.

The Excel Concepts 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.

Below you’ll see products made by Fair Trade artisans and producers at Excel Concepts. Click on the images to discover more about each product.

  • Add a touch of ethical jewellery to your outfit with this unique Fair Trade bracelet, featuring delicately-crafted square cow bone beads with a black and white "star" batik print. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and sustainable •   Quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • You'll love the fact that waste cow bone is given a second life by transforming into this pair of earrings, which feature delicately crafted square bone beads with a "star" print. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!  
  • Add a touch of ethical jewellery to your outfit with this unique Fair Trade choker, featuring delicately-crafted square bone beads with a black and white batik print "star" pattern on a Maasai beads necklace. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and sustainable •   Quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • Add a touch of ethical jewellery to your outfit with this African "safari" themed bone animal shaped charm-style necklace on a linen thread. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and sustainable •   Quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • Unique Fair Trade bone earrings, featuring delicately crafted square beads with a striking "giraffe" batik print. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • Hand-crafted by artisans in Kenya, these ethical earrings feature recycled black bone pieces linked with recycled bright brass to form an hinged disc. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • Simple and stylish, this unique Fair Trade bracelet features delicately-crafted rectangle bone beads, in contrasting brown and cream. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • Fair Trade earrings, featuring delicately etched diagonal lines across brown recycled cow bone squares. Hand-crafted in Kenya. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • Let Africa inspire you with this Fair Trade bracelet, featuring delicately-crafted brown & cream bone tube beads seperated by 4 hand-etched bone dividers. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • Let Africa inspire you! Fair Trade bracelet featuring recycled waste cow bone brown ovals with tiny black Maasai beads. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • Waste cow bone has been given a second life! This Fair Trade bracelet has cream and brown bone tubes and is finished-off with tiny black Maasai beads. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!  
  • Hand-crafted bracelet with a distinct "giraffe" batik print - bringing you a unique jewellery piece inspired by using waste raw materials and displaying the vibrancy of African culture. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • Let Africa inspire you! Fair Trade bracelet featuring recycled cow bone brown tubes with hand-etched bone dividers and tiny black Maasai beads. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • Hand-crafted in Kenya. Fair Trade bracelet, featuring cream tube shape dividers and tiny black Maasai beads threaded in-between.
  • These Fair Trade earrings are made from waste cow bone hand-crafted into delicate elephant shapes and feature tiny black Maasai beads. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • You'll love the fact that waste cow bone is given a second life by transforming into this pair of earrings, which make the perfect "faith" gift. Christian cross shape earrings with Maasai beads.

    •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • You'll appreciate that waste cow bone has been given a new lease of life by being transformed into this pair of earrings. They feature delicately-carved brown bone crosses with an internal cut cross design. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!  
  • Let Africa inspire you! Unique Fair Trade earrings, featuring delicately-crafted waste cow bone cream pieces linked with recycled bright brass to form a disc. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • The perfect "faith" gift! This pair of Fair Trade earrings feature delicately-carved brown crosses with a unique shape. You'll appreciate that waste cow bone has been given a new lease of life. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
  • "Kazuri", which means small and beautiful in Swahili, certainly applies to these earrings! They feature delicately crafted brown bone discs with a recycled copper wire "sun" effect. •   Fairly Traded, Handmade and Ethical •   Recycled and Sustainable •   High-quality traditional craftsmanship •   Quick dispatch, FREE delivery via Royal Mail and a 30-day “no quibble” return and refund policy!
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