Archive for May 2017

Leaving on Jet Plane

Tonight we are heading out for Kenya, and if you’ve seen me lately, you’ve probably noticed the swirling in my head of all the things on my mind.  There is always a lot of anticipation on my end as I travel, and this year even more so as I push through wrapping up one chapter…

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RICHARD

We met Richard at one of the popular markets in Nairobi and were so glad to be able to use his leather crafting talent.  Richard handcuts and machine sews all of the leather handles on our yarn and sisal baskets.  He carefully traces the leather before cutting and stitching. Back to Artisans List

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WILLIAM

William creates all of the bone beads for our pieces.  The bone is cleaned and boiled in peroxide, sanded, and then carved into the beautiful pieces you see in our jewelry.  For designs and texture, some beads are given a wax design and dipped in brown dye to create two tones.  William lives in Kibera…

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MILLICENT

Millicent is a new member of our sewing team, but we first met her several years ago when she took part in our business training course.  We are excited for her to bring her sewing experience to our team.  Millicent is quiet, humble, and a hard worker. Back to Artisans List

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TERESIA

Teresia is originally from Eastern Kenya.  She is a single mother of four kids and has lived in Kibera since she was 11.  Before coming to work with GORP, Teresia struggled to find a job.  She spent many grueling hours chopping and carrying firewood to sell in attempts to feed her family. She loves to sing and…

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Why I’m Taking A Leap of Faith

This is the post that  I have yearned to write the last few years but never really knew if the time would come.  When I went to Kenya nearly 9 years ago, my pastor asked me if I wanted to do missions long term.  My answer was a big fat NO!  I wanted to travel…

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MUTHONI

Muthoni is a woman of many talents.  She came to Grain of Rice Project to train Emily on how to make sisal baskets.  We instantly realized her amazing talent and spirit and asked her to continue working with us.  She learned the trade of basketmaking from her father, and the tradition has been passed down…

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JENIPHER

Jenipher has lived in Kibera since 2002.  She is a wife and mother to 5 children.  She has an infectious smile and likes to come up with her own sewing designs.  She learned sewing and tailoring work through her father. She says coming to work for GORP has given her a more steady income to…

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LOICE

Loice is a widow and single mother of four children. One of her kids is part of GORP kids program. Before coming to work for GORP she struggled to make a living by washing clothes for other people in Nairobi. She likes to learn to create jewelry and it brings her joy to work with…

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