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Oct262012

how it's made: beaded bracelets

Bawa La Tumaini in Kenya, which translates to ‘Wing of Hope’ in English, is a Fair-Trade company which finances the purchase of raw materials, pays creative women and men fair wages to produce products such as baskets and jewelry, and provides links to global markets to sell their handicrafts.

Produced by a group of 15 women and men, in one of the Nairobi’s informal settlements, they specialize in making handicrafts based on Maasai bead jewellry—necklaces, wrist bands, friendship bands, and anklets.

Their main market has been through local sales in Nairobi but unfortunately, they have not been sustainable—in this African setting the nuclear family supports the extended family.

Different age groups wear different styles, designs and colors of beaded pieces—but women decide the styles to create. This limited quantity purchase will translate into colorful gifts that give on in the way of access to healthcare facilities, food and clean drinking water.

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