Belva Dress in Black
Marguerite Dress in Black
Nell Stripe Jumper in Navy
Nita Stripe Dress in Navy
Marian Breton Top in Red
Rae Cardigan in Blue
Alaina Dress in Navy
Madden One Shoulder Top in Navy
Lenna Shirt Dress in Red Multi
Emma Dress in Red
Lucinda Cropped Wide Leg Trousers in Black
Sabina Off Shoulder Top in Green
Alexis Vest in Eco White
Oliana Jumpsuit in Black
Adalee Jumpsuit in Black
Rosabel Tee in Navy
Rebecca Dress in Green
Camas Shell Top in Navy Multi
Rhea Dress in Black
Lola Stripe Dress in Grey stripe
Raina Wrap Coat in Dark blue melange
Bombolulu Workshops is a Fair Trade social business in Mombassa, Kenya. People Tree partners with Bombolulu to create beautiful handmade jewellery in brass and silver plate. Providing support for physically-challenged people and encouraging sustainable development in Kenya are at the heart of Bombolulu’s mission.
Bombolulu was established in 1969 to provide opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Besides jewellery, Bombolulu creates leatherwork, carving and textiles, providing work for over 100 people. Artisans at Bombolulu make every detail of the jewelry by hand – even the link of each chain is made by hand.
The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya took over Bombolulu in 1987. The non-profit organisation produces crafts of a very high standard and gives vocational training to people with special abilities. The artisans are also supported with many social benefits, including a clinic, nursery, and a HIV prevention clinic.
Bombolulu has championed awareness of Fair Trade and the rights of physically-challenged people to fully participate in society. Bombolulu has held fashion shows in hotels and opened a cultural centre to celebrate the craftwork and beauty of handcrafted jewellery, textiles and wood carvings.
Alice Maundu, an artisan with Bombolulu, has been in a wheelchair since she lost use of her legs due to polio as a child. The disease left her with weak bones, so she is unable to bear children of her own.
But this didn't stop her becoming a fantastic mother. She adopted two children and regularly looks after her niece and nephew in their school holidays.
With such a disability Alice would have found it very difficult to provide for herself let alone live the full life that looking after children brings. She joined Bombolulu in 1993 and has since been making Fair Trade jewellery, earning a fair wage. In her words:
"I feel terrible when I see disabled people in the streets begging. I am so lucky to be here, safe, secure and with a chance to live a full life."