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Who cares about the poor artisans


Am not an artisan but a consumer of their beautiful works of their hardworking hands. Am also a rights advocate by choice and passion and believe in dignity at whatever level of the societal strata. Kenyan women comprise most of the beads and other handmade jewelery artists and make some of the most beautiful pieces. Sadly enough, the real artists are never seen by the end consumer-the person you meet is a trader with a high price tag for the piece. Where then is the artist in all this-back in a remote village making more then sell to the city trader for a song. This trader is the one exporting the piece and selling to high end consumers. Even at the "Fair Trade " beads workshop I doubt if all is that fair. Someone needs to monitor the chain of distribution from the first bead to the end.


Janet Diamond's picture

An organization for you

Hi, I am a volunteer at an organization called Rising International. We import crafts directly from artisans and pay a living wage, not just fair trade wage. We calculate the wage to include food, shelter, clothing, medical fir mothers and her children, education for the children and reinvestment in her business. Secondly, we tell the stories of the women who make the crafts. In this way their voices can be heard. We are still small, but growing. We work in many African, Asian and South American countries, including Kenya. Our website is


Kurui's picture

Thanks Janet

I appreciate your feedback. Am willing to work with Rising International in whatever ways to advance the welfare of artisan women in Kenya and the world. Please contact me on my email so that I can get back with what I think I can do.

ArtByMia's picture

Artisans get no credit and in the dark


Thank you for posting this article. I am an art advocate and every chance i get i promote and share art with other artisans. I myself an artist know how difficult it can be and how little we get in return. Your message it appreciated and well said.

Thank you, Mia

Kurui's picture

Thanka Mia

Thanks for your sentiments and see you online.
Best wishes.

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