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Meet Harrison

Meet Harrison.   Harrison is one of the kindest men I’ve met. He and his wife Lynette are always helping others. When we asked Harrison about his hopes and dreams - it was that their group could do well financially so that they could in turn help the community. His wife Lynette teaches Sunday School and prepares porridge for the children - telling us many are orphans and vulnerable children. And, this year when we visited Kenya we missed seeing Harrison because he was away at Dadaab refugee camp teaching refugees the art of making bone jewelry. He has now done three trips to the refugee camp along with another artisan from the group, Lucas.  Harrison is married with three...

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Meet Lillian

Meet Lillian. Lillian is one of the first people I met in Kenya. If you look at the photos here, you will see some of her in a red shirt with the children playing in front of her - that was my first day in Kenya in 2012. I had no idea how much these people would come to mean to me over the next few years.   Lillian has had a hard life, but is so full of joy and is amazing. She is a single mom caring for her five children, three orphans and a grandchild. Her top priority is to see all the children go to school. Damaris, Lillian’s good friend said this about Lillian: “She does...

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Meet Ojiko

Meet Ojiko. Or as I have always called him "Spoon". Someone told me that's what his name translates to, and the nickname has stuck. Ojiko is a real character - always laughing, smiling and animated. As we walk through the community, everyone knows him and he shares a joke or hug with person after person. Often, we walk on ahead as we lose him again visiting friends as he goes. I asked him about this - how everyone knows him. He said “I’ve lived here a long time and I’ve been a good boy.” It is clear he is very well liked by all.     Ojiko is single, but helps to care for his extended family. Recently he was...

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Meet Kennedy

Meet Kennedy. Kennedy is a designer in our Kenyan group of artisans. Like all of our Kenyan artisan partners, Kennedy lives in Kibera slums. He is quiet and patient and works hard. Kennedy said he likes working with this group because he fully trusts them and they are helpful. When we visited this year, Kennedy proudly showed us some chickens and birds he had saved up for and purchased for further income. Here he is outside his home (on the right of the photo is the wall to his home) with some of his birds.  When we asked Kennedy to describe himself he answered he is a “humble person who loves God”. We asked what his hopes and dreams were...

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Meet the Artisans

This past week has been what is known as "Fashion Revolution Week".  This year it started on April 24 - four years to the date that the Bangladesh factory collapse happened. Over 1,000 people died that day in the name of fashion. Making inexpensive clothing in horrific conditions. That day was a wake up call to the need for slow fashion. Ethical fashion. And transparency.  Over this past week, people were encouraged to ask "Who made my.... clothes/ bags/ jewelry/ accessories/ etc...." It can be easy to forget that there is a person on the other end of our purchases. And so, for the past week we have highlighted some of our artisan partners. Since not everyone is able to...

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