Our jewelry partner Stephen began leading a small team of artisans (many of whom are close friends and relatives) in a tiny workshop in the largest urban slum in Africa - Kibera - in Nairobi, Kenya. He trained his workers in every aspect of the business, from cutting metal, polishing, design, and finishing the pieces. Each day, Stephen walked to work from the home he shares with his wife and co-worker, Marine, and their two sons.
Stephen started out selling scrap metal on Kibera's streets after a few failed job attempts in construction; it was there he had discovered his own resourcefulness when he fashioned jewelry from water pipes he sawed into pieces. Eventually, his business grew as he was able to use his initial profits to buy different kinds of metal and hire other people from the streets in desperate need of income. Stephen demonstrated his humility and compassion in his vision of providing more opportunities for Kibera through his organization.
In 2016, Stephen passed away suddenly, leaving a legacy of dignified work for his family and co-workers to move forward. His motto, "Let the work of our hands speak for us", hangs in the showroom, inspiring artisans.His wife and friends now lead his workshop, making his dream of growing opportunities in Kibera a reality.