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Conscientiously Crafted African Note Cards: The Peddler

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SKU: jkcard2

Availability: In Stock

Origin: Kenya

Size: 4" x 6", envelope included

Materials: paper, recycled aluminum

These unique African note cards are crafted by members of two Kenyan social enterprises, Kipepeo Design Project and Jarida Crafts. You can read more about these empowering cooperatives below.

The Peddler features a recycled wire bicycle and cyclist. A great way to share the joy of fair trade! 

About the Artisans:

The Kipepeo Design Project aims to empower women living in desperate conditions to be proactive in bringing about positive change to their own lives, as well as lives their families and communities. This is achieved by education and through generating income.

The project is located in Kibera, which is Africa's largest informal settlement with approximately 700,000 people living in just 4 square kilometers. In this settlement unemployment reaches approximately 50%. Kipepeo Designs gives women a steady paycheck so they can pay for food for their family, pay school fees for their children, and learn the important skill of saving money.

The cards are created from shredded office paper that is pounded into pulp and then re-purposed into lovely sheets of paper. Each card is hand crafted with special attention to detail.

Jarida Crafts is a social enterprise that creates hand made cards to customers and employees a variety of teenage individuals including drop-outs, young mothers, and street youth. While their circumstances might vary they all have one thing in common: creativity and their desire to share their art with others.

Not only does Jarida Crafts employee an at risk demographic, but takes it one step farther by offering classes to help shape their life. They have introduced sports to keep teenagers from getting into trouble after hours, hold seminars about the dangers of unsafe sex and drugs, and have classes introducing a variety of other crafts to help form life long skills.

These crafts which are made from recycled aluminum cans not only help make the environment a little better, they also help make the lives of these young people and the world a little better too.