Bombolulu is a Fair Trade and social business in Mombasa, Kenya. Bombolulu was established in 1969 as a rehabilitation project sponsored by the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya.

People Tree partners with Bombolulu to create beautiful handmade jewellery in copper, brass and silver plate. Besides jewellery, Bombolulu creates leatherwork, carving and textiles, providing work for over 100 people. Artisans at Bombolulu make every detail of the jewellery by hand – even the link of each chain is made by hand.


Bombolulu provides support to disabled artisans to help them overcome their physical limitations and empower them economically and socially to become fully integrated members of their communities.

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.


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."