As February 14th approaches, we at Karama reflect on the attributes that make this holiday special. What does it look like to celebrate Valentine's Day Karama-style? Love as we know it here is a beautiful tapestry of people and places, from East Africa to the US. Join us as we celebrate what love means to the staff at Karama!

Love is...

Mama Fundi, a Maasai bead-worker, and Faith, an NGO leader, support each other in friendship and in the creative and purposeful work they share in Arusha, Tanzania. Love is the way they empower one another in spirit and employment and in the community they are a part of. 

 

 

Love is...

Irene makes jewelry in Nairobi, Kenya in the middle of a sprawling slum. Her employment at this jewelry workshop is a dream come true - she passed by the shop every day and saw beautiful things being made (by women!), and then pursued the job because she loves jewelry and wants a beauty shop of her own one day. Love is determination and passion, and pursuing your dreams despite all the odds against you. 

Love is...

These are just a few of the ladies who volunteer regularly at the Karama store in the US. The Karama Mamas use their time and energy to do all of the behind-the-scenes work that the shop requires. Love is selflessness and sharing your talents for the good of others. Love is community and being part of the big picture. 

 

 

 

Love is...

Just as we love the artisans we work with, we love the products they make. From scarves to jewelry and lip balm to baskets, we are so proud of every item that we sell. They represent the creativity, purpose, hard work, and dignity of every artisan who wove, stitched, beaded, and hammered each product to perfection. We could not be more thrilled to bring these things to you, our customers, and to participate in fair trade! Love is being able to share something special with someone you love - to give a gift that gives twice. 

Each thread of the Karama tapestry represents artisans, volunteers, products, dreams, goals, accomplishments, and joys. Together, we've made something beautiful. Help us spread the love, Karama-style, by telling stories, giving gifts, and sharing dignity. Happy Valentine's Day!

 

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