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Bombolulu Workshops

Located near Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city, Bombolulu provides employment and numerous other benefits, including housing, medical aid and adult education, for adults who are blind or physically disabled and who would otherwise have virtually no chance of employment in the mainstream labor market. Artisans create jewelry and other products for both local and export markets. An on-staff designer creates new jewelry lines, including both the trademark whimsical Bombolulu recycled materials jewelry and other design pieces.

Bombolulu was established in 1969. It is one of a number of branches of the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya Coast Branch, a Kenyan charitable organization. Bombolulu’s campus includes housing units for artisans, artisan workshops, and a guesthouse to help generate income. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Bombolulu Workshop since 1986.


  • What Good is a Recycled Soda Can?

    At Bombolulu Workshops, in Mombasa, Kenya, artisans make beautiful jewelry and ornaments from a number of recycled materials, including recycled bottle caps and aluminum cans. The organization's mission is “To enable persons with physical disabilities to overcome their limitations by empowering them economically and socially so that they become fully integrated members of their communities.”

    A project of the Association for the Physically Disabled in Kenya (APDK), Bombolulu has worked with artisans with physical disabilities for over 30 years.

    The Bombolulu motto, “Disability is not Inability,” can be seen in the exciting array of products crafted by the artisans in the jewelry, tailoring, woodcarving and leather workshops.

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