Bombolulu is a Fair Trade and social business based in Mombasa, Kenya that was established in 1969 as a rehabilitation project sponsored by the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya.
The non-profit organisation creates leatherwork, carving, textiles and accessories. They produce craft of a very high standard providing work for over 100 people who would usually face immense difficulties in achieving economical and social independence due to their disabilities.
Bombolulu provides support and vocational training to help their artisans overcome their physical limitations and empower them to become fully integrated members of their communities. All employees are also supported with many social benefits, including a clinic and a nursery.
Alice Maundu, an artisan with Bombolulu, has been in a wheelchair since she lost use of her legs due to polio as a child. With such a physical limitation, Alice would have found it very difficult to provide for herself. Since she joined Bombolulu in 1993 she has been making Fair Trade jewellery earning a fair wage allowing her to build a livelihood for her family: “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.”
People Tree partners with Bombolulu to create beautiful handmade jewellery in copper, brass and silver plate. The artisans make every detail of the jewellery manually – even the link of each chain is made by hand.