Handmade Wire and Beaded Kenyan Christmas Decorations
About the Products
These wonderful and unusual Wire and Beaded Christmas Decorations are skilfully shaped and formed by hand. The women add delicate beadwork to the decorations as they work the wire, and finished off each one with red ribbon.
These wonderful and unusual Wire and Beaded Christmas Decorations are skilfully shaped and formed by hand.
The women add delicate beadwork to the decorations as they work the wire, and finished off each one with red ribbon.
About the Supplier
The Northern Rangeland’s Trust’s mission is to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. This beadwork project was set up following the need to diversify incomes for rural families within the conservancies to reduce the pressure and reliance on the environment and wildlife.
The project engaged women’s groups in beadwork training, product development and marketing, and basic accounting and leadership skills. The work practices of this project are particularly beneficial to women, as they can take the wire and beads home and work around their home life.
This provides a sustainable, consistent and reliable source of income to communities, and has impacted at least 900 women through the production and sale of artefacts and direct employment at the packaging facility.
Each month a market is held in the participating conservancies where the women sell their finished products and purchase more beads and wire to make further decorations for the next month. These monthly markets also provide a support system, where women can chat, share ideas, get opinions on new enterprises and guidance on any issues they face at home; business or otherwise.
Meetings like this are rare in rural communities, and the monthly markets are an event to look forward to for every woman involved. A mobile library is also available in each participating conservancy, for women to research new ideas in beadwork and basketry.