Fresh coffee and tea, soapstone products, jewellery, T-shirts, bags… You will find all of that and more in our Kenyan Fair Trade shop!… We will be happy if you remember our gifts with a story again this year when buying presents for your beloved ones, business partners, or employees. Besides making them happy you will also bring joy to the children from the community center Island of Hope.
The profit will be used for the completion and operation of a high school – an administrative building with a teachers´ room and offices, another building with 2 classrooms and more teachers´ rooms, and 2 more buildings which will serve as girls´ and boys´ dormitories.
The community center Island of Hope runs a kindergarten, an elementary school, an orphanage, and a health center, taking care of more than 500 children in need and 10 000 patients from the Rusinga Island community.
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We offer gift packs of different prizes and designs – from smaller options in cellophane bags to larger gift packs in cardboard boxes or baskets lined with wood wool. The packages include fair coffee and tea from Kenya, imported without intermediaries directly from the manufacturers, and a soapstone product, coming from a manufacturing workshop of the Island of Hope on Rusinga Island in Kenya,which supports the sustainability and self-sufficiency of the project.
The Fair coffee is high quality 100% Arabica. Kenyan coffee is generally regarded as one of the highest quality coffee there is. It has received an AA classification – one of the highest possible levels of certification awarded by the Coffee Board of Kenya. It comes from the area of Mount Kenya, where it is grown at an altitude of 1700 meters. Gentle roasting brings out its strong aroma, which reflects the wildness of Africa, as well as a specific, delicate flavor with hints of cherries and almonds.
The Fair tea from Kenya is high quality black tea grown in the tea gardens located in the mountain areas around Nairobi. Thanks to the ideal climatic conditions in which it grows, it is generally regarded as one of the highest quality tea in the world. Its strong, very pleasant aroma, and delicious taste is excellent with lemon, honey or milk.
And who makes the soapstone products in Kenya? Rough-hewn bowls are hand-made by stonemasons from Kisi tribe occupying the Tabaka village region, the only place in Kenya where soapstone is mined. These stonemasons have lectured the women from our community, the members of the Luo tribe on Rusinga island, on how to further shape the bowls, how to smooth, paint, decorate, and polish them. So, the stonemasons supply us with rough semi-finished products which are then finished by the women from the Island of Hope. So far 12 women have worked in the workshop, two of which we would like to introduce to you now:
Eunice Awuor Oreso is 23 years old and she is married with two sons. Eunice comes from a place called Gunda in the western part of Rusinga Island. Eunice graduated from high school but was unable to go to college because her parents did not have enough money to cover her tuition. Eunice makes money by selling second hand clothes while her husband works as a shop attendant. The family lives in a three-room mud house, they fetch water from the lake, use firewood for cooking, and kerosene for lighting.
Tracy Akinyi Otieno is 24 years old and she is married with two children – a daughter and a son. Tracy completed elementary school but could not study any further because of the birth of her first child. She also comes from Gunda located in the western part of the island. Tracy makes money by selling water to people on the island while her husband works as an occasional labourer and fisherman. The family income is very low. The family lives in a two-room mud house, they fetch water from the lake, use firewood for cooking, and kerosene for lighting.
The gift boxes contain fair Kenyan coffee (200 g), fair Kenyan tea (200 g), and a soapstone animal statue for luck, alternatively a small soapstone bowl or a candlestick, depending on your choice. It is packed in a gift cardboard box, lined with wood wool.
1A / Gift box – coffee, tea, statue – value of 490,- Kč
1B / Gift box – coffee and statue – value of 420,- Kč
1C / Gift box – tea and statue – value of 390,- Kč
1D / Gift box – coffee, tea, soapstone bowl/candlestick – value of 500,- Kč
Gift pack in a cellophane
The gift packs contain fair Kenyan coffee (200 g), fair Kenyan tea (200 g), and a soapstone animal statue for luck, alternatively a small soapstone bowl or a candlestick, depending on your choice. It is packed in a cellophane bag, lined with wood wool.
2A / Gift pack in cellophane – coffee, tea, statue – value of 420,- Kč
2B / Gift pack in cellophane – coffee and statue – value of 320,- Kč
2C / Gift pack in cellophane – tea and statue – value of 270,- Kč
2D / Gift pack in cellophane – coffee, tea, soapstone bowl/candlestick – 440,- Kč
Additionally, just like last year, we will be happy to prepare other packages tailored according to your ideas and wishes – we can add other products from Kenya or gift certificates of different values (starting from 100,- Kč), which support health, education and the children from the community center Island of Hope. Also, we can offer you different sizes of coffee and tea packages – 100 g, 250 g, or 500 g. Do not hesitate to contact us!
Thank you very much for your support! We look forward to our cooperation.
We wish you beautiful autumn days.
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