Archive for September 2017

Full Circle

“I can’t believe I finally made it into the basement,” I happily told The Bridge store manager, Sara. Fourteen years ago, an art teacher, whom I was observing throughout the semester for one of my education classes, had gifted me a checkers set made inKenya with African fabric and Coca-Cola bottlecaps—my first fair trade gift, and…

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HASSAN

Hassan is from Kibera Slum.  He recently graduated from high school and started training with us to make our basketry items.  He is using the income he makes to help his mom and little brother pay for basic expenses and to save for college.  He has dreams of becoming a programmer and is already teaching…

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PATRICK

Patrick is a new artisan with us.  He is part of our basketry team that makes fabric bowls and trivets.  Patricks also participates in our football team.  He is grateful for his job with Grain of Rice Project because it allows him to sustain his family’s needs. Back to Artisans List

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JOHN

John is hardworking and positive.  He is a member of both our artisan team and is the GORP football coach.  He serves as a mentor in both places to colleagues and players.  John helps prepare and wrap the reed that is used to create our fabric baskets and trivets. Back to Artisans List

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MARGARET

Margaret is from Meru, Kenya and lives in the foothills of Mt. Kenya.  GORP met Margaret through one of our business training sessions, and we learned that Margaret could knit and crochet.  Margaret was trained by one of our other artisans on how to create the beautiful knitted pumpkins sold in our online store.  Margaret…

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ESTHER

Esther is part of our sewing team.  She has a strong work ethic and comes with the mindset of doing her best work each day.  She has a grateful heart and is working to improve the lives of her children. Back to Artisans List

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GEORGE

Ever wonder where all those beautiful brass pieces and fixtures on our jewelry comes from?  George is one of 2 artisans that make brass pieces for GORP.  He uses scrap materials such as old locks and melts them down to make new pieces–something old and worn becomes something new and beautiful! Back to Artisans List

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JENIFER

Jenifer started work with us when her family was evicted from their home after being unable to pay their rent.  She had previously been selling used clothes in the local market, but it was difficult to make enough money to provide for her family.  Today Jennifer is our lead trainer in the basketry department.  She…

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GOMEZ

Gomez is one of the newest members of our team, and his current speciality is creating bookmarks and signs using scraps of fabric and banana tree bark. Gomez is a charismatic leader, full of smiles and encouragement to each person on our team. Gomez has a passion for reading scripture and is always uplifting others…

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