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Handmade by Artisans in Kenya
Starting a New Chapter

In Nanyuki, Kenya

Our Artisan Program

All pieces are handmade by artisans in Kenya.  Most of the artisans meet Monday through Friday at our new workshop in Nanyuki, Kenya. They are taught beading, basketry, or sewing, and take part in our life skills training program. During this time, they learn essential skills to improve their standard of living--budgeting, savings, goal setting, resume writing, leadership, parenting, and healthy living.

Why Fair Trade?

Grain of Rice Project is now located in Nanyuki where Grain of Rice Academy is located. We were previously located in Kibera--the largest slum in East Africa. Many of our artisans in Kibera moved to Nanyuki to continue in our Artisan Program. By providing skills training and creating products, artisans can earn a fair wage.  We are members of the Fair Trade Federation and follow their 9 principles of fair trade.

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The Impact

Meet Pamela--she's one of the original artisans we started our organization with in 2013.  Early on, Pamela began saving money to start her own side business of a chemist shop with medicines for neighbors who were sick.  She continued saving and was eventually able to purchase land in Western Kenya, build a small house, and move out of the slums.

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Our Artisan Program has allowed families to build new homes and pursue schooling for their children.

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