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  • annak 1:13 am on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fair trade, Kazuri, , nairobi, , , women   

    Kazuri – small and beautiful 

    Just because I have some nice photos and because this is a place, where over 400 single Kenyan women create small and beautiful ceramic jewelry, I decided to share it. Well, at least next time you see somewhere in the US or UK or else small store called Kazuri, which in Swahili means “small and beautiful,” you will know who makes these colorful beads.

    Kazuri produces over 5 million beads a year and exports them to over 30 countries worldwide and can be ordered online, just search for them.

    While visiting this place, guides take you on tour showing the whole process from very beginning to the end product – beads in the store. Get a short tour with the photos…

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    • Leah Kohlenberg 8:45 am on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ana, thank you for the beautiful photos and the window into this small and beautiful world! Kazuri, I will remember that!

    • globalfayre 8:26 am on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the info!
      Global Fayre is also a member of the Fair Trade Federation, but we hadn’t come across this group before – we’ll be in touch with them!

    • paulette walther 4:20 am on March 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much for your support of the Kazuri women. Beautiful photos and great stories. I am the US distributor for Kazuri beads headquartered in Oregon. Would love to hear more about your trip. Perhaps we can feature you in our next newsletter. Please visit our site http://www.kazuribeadsusa.com and please contact me at paulette@kazuriwest.com. We appreciate so very much the wonderful support.
      Paulette Walther

  • annak 10:53 am on December 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, elephant orphanage, , nairobi,   

    Baby Elephant – Unique Gift for Your Loved Ones 

    Baby elephants chatting

    Baby elephants chatting

    If you still haven’t come  up with the best idea for holiday presents, adopt a baby elephant for your loved ones – they will remember you forever.

    When visiting Nairobi, Kenya, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the one to remember and their elephant orphanage is the place to visit. A one-hour show during which elephants are playing outside, in front of public, following their keepers, lazying in the mud and having milk, while their keepers are telling their habits, each of their stories, feeding them from big bottles of milk and offering to become a foster parent. Fostering a baby elephant costs only $50 a year. Amazing, isn’t it? You can read all the stories of all the orphaned baby-elephants on the website and adopt any of them, as many as you wish. Obviously the baby will stay in the orphanage and you will get a fostering certificate with a profile and photograph of your adopted orphan and every month you will get the ‘Keepers Diary’ for your elephant. In the diary you will be able to access the daily calendar entries and the monthly photos. Check out more photos here. And videos below:

  • annak 5:22 pm on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: activism, Erica Hagen, , Kibera, MapKibera, , Mikel Maron, nairobi, open maps, Ushahidi   

    TEDx Kibera 

    Mikel and Erica went to Nairobi about three months ago to map a huge, in fact, second large slum in Africa after Soweto, with the population of over one million. Here’s what their project website says:

    “Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, widely known as Africa’s largest slum, remains a blank spot on the map. Without basic knowledge of the geography and resources of Kibera it is impossible to have an informed discussion on how to improve the lives of residents. This November, young Kiberans create the first public digital map of their own community.”

    I was lucky to meet some of the mappers and some other community leaders working in Kibera at TEDx Kibera in December. Mikel also talked there about MapKibera, social meaning of mapping, also about Voice of Kibera – community media news aggregator from Kibera built on Ushahidi and MapKibera. Here’s a part of his talk.

  • annak 6:40 pm on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , nairobi, Nairobi National Park, , safari,   

    Safari Highlights 

    Nairobi National Park is Kenya’s first National Park and it’s in few kilometers drive from Nairobi center. It covers about 120 square kilometers and turned out to be an amazing experience, even though I’ve never thought I was big fan of wildlife. And yes, you’ve got to have a camera with much better lens than mine.

    Enjoy few of my favorite photos from my first safari ever.

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  • annak 9:31 pm on December 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bus, , nairobi, , public transport   

    Moments of daily life 

    Nairobi busIf you do not have a car in Nairobi, feel free to exercise, like many others who walk kilometers to work and back. Or be rich and get expensive taxi rides. If none of this options work for you, then just learn the public bus routes. Interesting thing about public buses is that they’ve created a new type of job – calling up people asking to get on the bus, no matter whether they want to go to that direction or not. And yes, they can be very persuasive.

  • annak 12:30 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 10 tacts, India camp, , matatu, nairobi, rubber toys   

    Kiloran Cottage 

    Kiloran cottage, Nairobi

    That’s the name of lovely place I’m staying at with Mikel and Erica and Jeff, quite expensive, $30 per night, but also pretty good deal as they say. And it’s totally worth this money. Hangin out in a colorful garden in front of the cottage, drinking coffee and enjoying sun, getting some tan, which is particularly exciting after freezing Tbilisi. Sorry, pictures will have to come later, when I get access to cheaper internet connection, which is not the case with GPRS modem.

    Besided Erica’s amazing rubber animal-toys made from recycled flip-flops, yesterday’s highlights include lovely dinner with Kipp and Happee and Philip – kind of mini reunion of India camp – good to be togeher again.

    Looking forward to the walk to the market and screening of 10 Tactics in matatu tonight!

    Erica's lovely collection

    Flip-flop hippo

    and a silly zebra in a necklace

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