New artists at Aina Moja

Dec 12, 2013
A group of Kenyan women turn discards into treasures, items that are carried in the Aina Moja Shop of Belfast.

Belfast — New work from Kenya has arrived at the Aina Moja Shop, 39 Main St. Among the items are handmade beads, bags and clutches made from recycled materials from the Gioto Dump.

Gioto is just outside the city of Nakuru, Kenya.  On top of a hill bordering the dump there are many stick and trash homes. Entire families live in these makeshift hovels and try to subsist by picking through the trash from the city of Nakuru to resell, recycle and repurpose the refuse. In spite of hunger, mud, pigs, garbage and stench, hope lives.

Several women have joined together and, through the efforts of an NGO called Actions not Words, have learned to create beautiful things from trash including paper beads, folded paper clutches, recycled plastic shopping bag purses and more. Aina Moja has purchased some of their recycled items.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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