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Wire Cat Gift Bookmark

Curl up with a good book and the Wire Cat Gift Bookmark. The cat-shaped copper wire bookmark is shaped from copper wire by the skillful hands of Kenyan artisans in Kisumu. and the paper backing is made from water hyacinth. The invasive plant species has plagued Lake Victoria and severely affected the livelihoods of fisherman. Innovative use of this nuisance plant for crafts, including papermaking, is contributing to the rehabilitation of Africa’s largest lake.

HANDCRAFTED IN KENYA

  • Cat-shaped recycled copper wire bookmark on pink handmade water hyacinth paper backing
  • Bookmark measures 2Wx3.25H, backing card measures 3.5Wx4H inches
  • “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves” printed on front of card
  • Handmade in Kenya

SKU: 4120250

THE MAKERS

KICK Trading (Kisumu Innovation Centre of Kenya) is a registered company with artisans, staff and supporters holding shares. KICK Trading is based in Kisumu, a city of 800,000 with high unemployment and underemployment. Kisumu has a high incidence of HIV/AIDS, which affects many artisans and their families. KICK Trading focuses on creating employment and income generation opportunities for Kenyan artisans, working with disadvantaged artisans, and connecting artisans to global markets on fair trade terms. Artisans hold 20 percent of the company’s shares. Additional benefits include loans for school fees or emergencies, training, counseling, and product development and design help and access to global markets.Some 70 percent of products are made from recycled material, including recycled wire, sheet metal, wrought iron, water hyacinth rope, papyrus, soda cans and waste paper.
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Welcome to our global maker-to-market movement where, together with 20,000 artisans, we ignite social change. We create opportunities for individuals, families, and communities in developing countries to thrive through strong relationships, fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.

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