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SMOLart Self Help Group

SMOLart Self Help Group

Kenya
Smolart is a self-help organization in the Western Kenyan community of Kisii, near Lake Victoria. As a unique source of kisii soapstone, this area is home to many artisans who make their living through carving. Smolart seeks to improve the lives of member carvers through marketing and logistical supports. Smolart works with 200 producer members, each of whom is a stakeholder. Each member works with several home-based artisans, for a total of some 1,000 carvers, thus creating job opportunities while also allowing artisans to be closer to their families.The group's mission goes beyond providing a fair wage to artisans; they seek to eradicate poverty among their members, promote fair trade, oppose discrimination, to support community efforts and to manage resources sustainably. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Smolart since 2008.

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  • Tree Kisii Ring Dish

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    The Tree Kisii Ring Dish makes a wonderful gift for a fashionable tree hugger! The SMOLart Self Help group is creating job opportunities for artisa...

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  • Kisii Heart Dish

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    Red heart dishes painted in an assortment of designs are a wonderful way to display candies or trinkets. Found only in Kenya, kisii is a soft stone...

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  • Dream Heart Paperweight

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    Share a heartfelt sentiment of encouragement in hand-carved kisii stone. Found only in Kenya, kisii is a soft stone that can be carved into gracefu...

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  • Eternal Love Sculpture

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    An intricate depiction of a loving embrace, this solid stone statue will last as long as your love. Hand-carved kisii, found only in Kenya, is a so...

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  • Dance Through Life Couple

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    Loving couple dance through life, their embrace forming the shape of a heart. Hand-carved kisii soapstone. Kisii soapstone, found only in Kenya, is...

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  • Courage Heart Paperweight

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    Share a heartfelt sentiment of encouragement in hand-carved kisii stone. Found only in Kenya, kisii is a soft stone that can be carved into gracefu...

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  • Strength Heart Paperweight

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    Share a heartfelt sentiment of encouragement in hand-carved kisii stone. Found only in Kenya, kisii is a soft stone that can be carved into gracefu...

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  • Smile Heart Paperweight

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    Share a heartfelt sentiment of encouragement in hand-carved kisii stone. Found only in Kenya, kisii is a soft stone that can be carved into gracefu...

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  • Owl Kisii Ring Dish

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    Don't be unwise. Keep your jewelry safe in the Owl Kisii Ring Dish. The SMOLart Self Help group is creating job opportunities for artisans in rural...

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  • Outrageous Hippopotamus

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    Outrageous can be oh-so-fun, like this fat little delightful hippopotamus. Carved dark kisii stone, hand-painted in assorted splashy designs. Kisii...

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  • Elephant Kisii Ring Dish

    Handcrafted in Kenya
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    Use the Elephant Kisii Ring Dish and never forget where you put rings again! The SMOLart Self Help group is creating job opportunities for artisans...

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