Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Genet began her leather business later in life. She attended the Ethiopian Leather Industry Leather Institute (LIDI) in pursuit of a dream to start her own leather workshop. At LIDI, she learned design, business and technical skills and within a year of graduation she started her own business. Genet’s workshop employs four additional leather artisans who produce our high end line of leather totes.
Catherine was working hard as a seamstress, but still struggling to support her son. She took her sewing abilities to our leather artisan partner and quickly progressed in her skills. After seven years, she's risen from seamstress to assistant designer, earning six times her original wage.
Haitian Metal Artisans
As you step into the cobblestone streets of the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, you are overwhelmed with the hammering sounds of over 2,000 metal artisans whose crafts decorate the hundreds of shops in this quaint village. Steel oil drums are transformed into works of art using simple hand tools. Karama partners with four artisans who produce our line of Haitian metal Christmas ornaments.
Maureen's husband Stephen expressed himself through creating jewelry. He established his upcycled brass jewelry business in the heart of Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa. After Stephen died of typhoid, Maureen continued his legacy and grew production volume to ensure ongoing work for her employees.
Nicholas worked his way up to Production Manager at a large jewelry production facility in Nairobi, Kenya. When the factory closed in 2017 with no notice to its workers, Nicholas was forced to start over on his own. Utilizing a small business loan, Nicholas began his workshop in a small 6’ x 12’ space with just the basic pieces of equipment and has grown to employ five additional artisans.
Wycliffe is an artisan for one of our jewelry partners. When a need arose, he began leading operations. Through our Karama partnership, Wycliffe has learned pricing, management and skills training. Through his leadership, five additional positions have been added to the business.
Let the work of our hands speak for us
Jewelry artisans in Kibera, Kenya hand make beautiful hammered brass jewelry.