Rafiki Trio Bracelets
The Rafiki Trio is three separate bracelets, lovely together or fun to share with your favorite friend or family member. All hand strung with care by a deaf woman in Kenya - the truest symbol of global
friendship in its ability to transform fashion into livelihoods.
- Set of 3 coordinating handwoven and hand-beaded bracelets
- Different patterns, closures and even a tassle
- Colors: Blush, Mint, Navy
- Handmade in and Fairly Traded from Kenya
In Kenya, unemployment rates for the deaf are as high as 85%, as the deaf are generally considered to be unsuited for work. This discrimination is heightened against deaf women, who are often mistreated by their spouses or families. Sasa Designs by the Deaf was founded in 2011 to combat the stigma of deafness, and to offer jewelry-making jobs to deaf women who otherwise may never have been able to earn a living. The artisans at Sasa are mostly single mothers who work hard to support their children by making enough money to feed them and send them to school. The organization operates out of a safe, clean workspace where artisans can feel respected and accomplished.
Their workshop in Kenya employs 18 deaf women full time. The artisans of Sasa Designs by the Deaf have started a new chapter in their lives, working each day to build a better life: for themselves, for their children, and for our global community as a whole. Sasa Designs envisions a world in which individuals can benefit from participation in the global market regardless of their gender, geographic location or physical characteristics.