United Arrows TEGE Mens Accessories 2016


77% Women

69% of participants contributed to all or part or of the school fees during the orde

100% were confident and proud of their work

22% of participants were able to invest their earnings in livestock, housing and business

Materials used

Seed beads

East African cotton canvas

Maasai shuka fabric

East African farmed leather

Fact File

During this order, a drought in Kenya drove up food prices and put financial pressure on the artsians. Their regular income was subsidised by this order. 

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“I am 32 years old and a mother of four. I enjoyed working on United Arrows beadwork. I was very happy to receive training and income from the order. I used the income to pay school fees for my children and to provide healthy meals for my family.”

Margaret Kereya

“I am 30 years old and a mother of five. The United Arrows order gave me an opportunity to work in a period when we were almost starving because of the dry spell we were experiencing. My husband had moved with the cattle and so I had to look for what to feed on with my children. I used my income to provide meals to my family.”

Makena Memusi

“I am 23 years old, a student at a local public university studying art and theatre. I am a Maasai where cultural norms and practices indicate that beadwork is strictly a womens activity. However, I joined them for United Arrows order because I need to pay my school fees without having to sell animals. I was not wrong, as the work helped me raise enough money which I used to pay for my tuition fees and some for pocket money. Even after university I will continue to do beadwork since I have discovered it pays well.”

Isaac Manoi

People first. Fair supply chain. Living wages. Dignified working conditions.

We carry out a Social Impact Report for every collection made in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative. 

Social workers are embedded in the communities in which we work, and closely monitor the implementation of our code of conduct. 

Extensive data is collected to carefully measure the impact of each order, to ensure that the work is positively impacting the lives of the artisans and that our projects are working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.