This collection was made in Kenya, with our social enterprise partners Artisan Fashion.
89% of the artisans were women
A total of 124 artisans worked on this order
61% of artisans saved part of their income from the order, and used it to pay for school fees and other needs
100% Worker satisfaction was recorded
East African Cotton Canvas
East African Cow Leather
Cotton Waxed Cord
Glass Seed Beads
Building capacity is a key part of our work. During this order, 100% of artisans received training, which contributed to their income generating prospects.
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“Being a Maasai young man, I am expected to have a family by now. But I chose a different path. I joined college but I have to pay my school fees because my parents do not believe in higher formal education. That is why I work part-time with Olonana womens group. Through working with them, I am able to pay for my school fees as well as cater for my other needs. I am grateful to Artisan Fashion for empowering the women and youth of my community.”
Samuel Saruni 23 years old
“I am thankful for the opportunity to work with Artisan Fashion because it has helped me become an independent young lady through earning income from bead work. This has helped me avoid early marriage contrary to what my Maasai community believe, that a young lady like me should already have a family. My goal is to be financially independent and empower other girls to work hard in school and break the early marriage cycle.’’
Grace Sayiore, 22 years old
“Beadwork begun as a hobby. When I was a boy, I would watch my mother make beautiful jewelry out of beads. I grew to love beadwork as years went by. Artisan Fashion is helping me realise that beadwork is a professional just like any other and I believe it will help me afford all my needs and live a better life. I plan on taking a professional course on entrepreneurship so that I can be able to manage and invest the money I get from working with Artisan Fashion.”
William Ledama, 23 years old
“I am a member of Gibbuni self-help group and I enjoy making orders for Artisan Fashion. The money I was paid for this order was enough to help feed my family regular meals. I am happy to also be able to pay school fees for my 3 children with the additional income I now get from the beading skills I have and the work I do with Gibbuni.”
Grace Macharia, 40 years old