All MADE’s jewellery is hand-made by highly skilled artisans, traditional African skill is infused into all of our product and the utmost care is taken to ensure each piece although hand crafted and unique is superior in quality. From hand stitched leather purses to woven bead necklaces all MADE product is made with love and care using a mix of traditional and westerns skills and responsibly sourced materials.
Working closely with local and international partners in the countries we source our raw materials is extremely important to MADE. It ensures that we are able to build trust and relationships with suppliers, workers and their communities; and helps us to ensure that MADE is both ethically appropriate and sustainable in everything we do.
Working with partners in and around Kenya means that we are investing in, and helping to build, the skills, and strengths of small businesses in the surrounding communities, a long-term and intergal part of MADE's mission.
Projects & Collaborations
Made Africa currently works with various projects in and around Nairobi, Kenya. Some already established, others set up from scratch. All have a story to tell.
CASE STUDY: BIDII SCHOOL - KIBERA, NAIROBI
Bidii School is situated in the largest slum in Africa. Kibera is located southwest of Nairobi city centre and is near double the size of London's Hyde Park. It is home to over 1.2 million people - Their homes are in the main made from corrugated iron and have no plumbing, very poor sanitation and no electricity.
Bidii School was started by a couple of volunteer teachers to help the children living in Kibera. Till recently the school, which has 120 children attending aged between 1 and 7 years old, operated from a single room - approx. 400 sq feet. The majority of the children are orphans or come from zero income families. As you can imagine the space is very cramped and trying to teach so many children of different age groups at the same time was near to impossible.
Since 2009 Made Africa has made a long term commitment to Bidii School by providing the following support:-
A complete re-build/refurbishment of the school creating two class rooms - infants and juniors. The School is now double in size.
All children attending are given vaccinations and multi-vitamins. Due to poor diets and hygiene in Kibera, this action has helped to build their immune system.
Hot meals are provided while the children are at school
All stationary including reading and text books, pencils and colouring pens
Financial support to maintain School rent payments, water bills and teacher salaries
The ongoing commitment to Bidii is very challenging. Made Africa needs your help to maintain its goal of creating a sustainable future for some of Kibera's children. If you are interested in supoprting this project please do not hesitate to get in touch, A little can go a very long way.