This black and white square box was carved from soapstone and painted by artisans in Kenya. It’s sleek design and smooth surface show the quality and care the artisans put into their craft. There is also a larger version of this product available if you are interested in a complementary set.
Profits from the sale of this product are put toward health services, business education, and other benefits for artisans and their families.
Product Length (Inches): 2.5
Product Width (Inches): 2.5
Product Height (Inches): 2.25
|Dimensions||5.72 × 6.35 × 6.35 cm|
Spes Nova @ Fordham University is committed to empowering Spes Nova’s artisans around the globe through providing them product and market analysis, business advice, and access to new markets.
Spes Nova @ Fordham has grown out of the Students for Fair Trade Club, which seeks to educate Fordham students about the impact that their consumer choices may have on impoverished producers and laborers in the developing world, and advocates for the purchase of fair trade products, or those that are produced in ethical, safe, and fair working environments. In addition, Students for Fair Trade raises awareness about the realities of poverty, hunger, and other social problems throughout the world that may be alleviated through a more equitable market system of trade and cultural exchange.
About Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers Cooperative: Kisii, a city in Western Kenya, is surrounded by soapstone quarries and is well known for both the quality of its soapstone and the skill of the carvers. Nyamarambe, a small village near Kisii, is the home of the 150-member Nyabigena Soapstone Carvers Cooperative. This cooperative is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), committed to the highest level of ethical production and human rights. This civic-minded group has been providing work for its members while also giving back to its community. A source of great pride for the cooperative is the Nyabigena Mixed Day Academy, an elementary school that they opened in January 2007 that now educates 150 students from the proceeds of soapstone crafts. In addition, the organization offers management training workshops, educational opportunities for widows and orphans, and health and nutrition education. They plan to start a tree nursery and to expand their educational and HIV/AIDS programs.