Kuku Curry production is made possible through collaboration with the following communities, groups and individuals:
Kibera is the second largest slum in all of Africa, and the largest in Nairobi.
Sprawling for 2.5 square kilometers, more than one quarter of Nairobi’s population’s lives in this area.
Made up of 13 villages, the locale is breeding ground for all sorts of entrepreneurs working on various generational skills in small, make shift workshops.
KuKu Curry fan frames, both wood and bone, are being outsourced for grinding at various workshops around the vicinities.
Some of our Free Range products, such as our Summer of Love house wares, are being made in the area also.
For instance, this is John.
John is originally from Kisumu, a port city in Western Kenya, and moved to Nairobi 10 years ago to find work and a wife. He has always been interested in art work and has strived to incorporate this into his professional life.
With no capital and lack of market access, the ability of capacity growth for John and his carving business, (for example our Sumer of Love Salt and Pepper Shakers were sourced through him and his workshop in Kibera), is seriously lacking.
John sees the newer generations growing with out proper work ethic due to these circumstances and the desperation for employment. As international trends seep into the workshops, artisans skills are enhanced and their potential for capital is increased.
SOKO is an ethical manufacturing unit based in Ukunda, Kenya.
Ukunda is a village near the popular tourist destination Diani Beach with not many employment opportunities for the locals, aside from the already over staffed seasonal jobs at the tourist resorts.
SOKO works with crafts peoples and co-operatives from the area to source unique fashion components, such as coconut, horn, wood, recycled brass and beading.
KuKu Fannage cases are constructed through weavers in the area
KuKu swing tag holders are also made through SOKO, allowing for a fun new bonus accessory with a purchase and saving the wasteful plastic holders that are normally used on products.
EDWARD FLY FISHING
Edward Fly Fishing is based in the village area of Dagoretti, outside of Nairobi.
The area is known for their butchery and is the main sector for employment for the community, leaving many young adults who are unmarried and done school stagnate as butcheries are only open at certain times of the day due to the lack of electricity.
Edward Fly Fishing is based on a compound that supports disabled members of the community and their families. They employ people within the village to pick other wised unused feathers to create their internationally exported fly fishing tools.
Our Plumage Fan has feathers sourced through Edward Fly Fishing.