Made in a small town called Thika, the leather flowers are made in a workshop from leather off-cuts, all 100% tanned and handmade in Kenya. Coming from an area hit hard by unemployment and poverty, this group have become a stronghold in the community
Produced by communities of female knitters – including a group of slum dwellers and nuns - the crochet flowers are 100% handmade from Kenyan cotton yarn. Many among the producers being busy mothers, the project made it possible for them to work and care for their homes at the same time, multi-tasking queens that they are.
The Maasai otherwise depending on their livestock have immensely suffered from the recent drought and beadwork has become their sole source of income. In addition to providing them with basic needs for survival, this work is giving them important social and economic empowerment within their community.
Most of these women started off working at the local stone quarry, cracking rocks for just a few coins a day. But today, they have managed to substantially improve their livelihoods by making these beautiful coloured beads. In other words, the more beads they roll, the fewer rocks they need to crack.