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Among the Teso people, the ethnic group that has traditionally occupied the area around Amagoro, weaving is man's work. Kiwimbi hired two of those men to begin teaching weaving to people interested in learning the art and making a livelihood with it. This has been very popular with a group of young mothers who see this as a way to earn some money even while watching their children. They sold their first placemats in September, 2014.
Sewing / Tailoring
When one of our volunteers kindly donated an old-fashioned treadle sewing machine (treadle since we cannot rely on the availability of electricity), it took just a short while for our resident experts to have it humming in good use! The first project was to put edging on the recently woven placemats. Ultimately, this will be one of a number of machines used to teach lessons about tailoring so that our students can learn to create their own articles and repair school uniforms subject to the day-to-day use of multiple children in a family!
Our first beaders decided to creat bracelets linking the flags of Kenya and of the United States. Jewelry is always popular and our beads can also be used to decorate other pieces of handiwork we produce. This will no doubt prove quite popular!
Kiwimbi is hiring a local potter to teach interested students how to create pots using the local clay. Some of the Kiwimbi Board, administration and volunteers visited the potter's home to see the process in action and the photos above show some of what we saw. Local people are already expressing in purchasing these water storage jugs and we see potential for a thriving market for other items as well!
Kenya has talented artists, including Peter Elungata, who hales from our area. Peter has been very supportive of Kiwimbi's efforts, and we are thrilled that his mentor and brother, Hosea Otulia, has joined Kiwimbi to begin our art program. Art is not typically taught in local schools and students often do not have the funds to buy supplies. Imagine the excitement, then, when Venetian artist, Radu Leon, visited in August, 2014, bringing art supplies with him and running workshops! Leon took some of the most promising works back to Venice with him where he used them to attract money to fund Kiwimbi programs.
And more . . .
These are exciting times in Amagoro. There are many more vocational training programs on the horizon - to be implemented as soon as we have the resources! Consider these:
the list could go on and on. The focus is always on goods and services that can work locally due both to the interest and the need.