Venture Imports

 

Venture Imports creates sustainable income for artisans in Kenya.

 

Summary

  • Works with two main groups: soapstone carvers and jewelry makers.
  • The jewelry group is located just outside Nairobi, Kenya and is run out of a married artisan couple's home where they employ other local artisans.
  • The soapstone group regularly employs about 100 artisans but sometimes up to 200 artisans for large orders.
  • Soapstone creations involve a process with many different artisans involved from mining to carving, sanding, painting, and etching.
  • Venture Imports started working with their current Kenyan artisan groups in 2009.
  • Member of the Fair Trade Federation, which verifies and monitors fair trade practices

 

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