Ensuring a Future
|Stitching of leather at Safaribead.|
Safaribead is an established business trading in quality hand made beaded products. The business was started in order to harness the skills of the local people in Kenya to produce a quality beaded product suitable for export. The business concept has been developed to ensure that the group of women doing the beadwork receive a fair income in a sustainable enterprise.
The company produces a selection of leather beaded sandals, bags, belts and other similar accessories. A production staff of 12 people work full time on cutting and shaping leather and stitching activities. The leading leather workers have been trained by a UN funded project providing training in craft work for Kenyans.
|Masai beading Group at
Beads are imported from Czechoslovakia due to their consistency and quality. Surprisingly this has been the case for over a century, linking the Masai and Eastern Europe for a considerable period of time.
A team of between 25 and 50 Masai women bead the products. All are called upon for work at least twice a week depending on demand. Each beaded product has a label identifying the Masai lady who has undertaken the work.
Safaribead have recently moved to a new workshop in a large property in Karen, Nairobi. This is shared with two other small fair trade and eco-based enterprises. A small cafe has been opened for tourists to visit and see the products firsthand. This has also generated further employment for Kenyan catering staff.
|Happy beading times - Safaribead.|