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If fabricating completely handmade products is a major achievement and satisfaction for women working in Afrikable, imagine what means giving a second opportunity and creating new things from what others get rid of and throw away. And that is what women do at Lamu Recycling Solution Project, a producer group that creates decorative items, costume jewellery and other accessories from a very particular raw material: litter.

Reusing and recycling is a way of understanding life and that is why Afrikable is very aware of environmental protection while fabricating its products. Afrikable works for transferring this awareness to all the people that are a part of the project.

 Litter in Lamu: the reality of a problem

Litter in Lamu: the reality of a problem

Lamu lives with a major concern related with the management of litter and residues. We can confirm that a collection service regulated by the government is practically non-existent. The neighbours themselves are in charge of regularly burning the piles of litter that are accumulated in improvised dumping sites, generating toxic emanations that contribute to the pollution of the atmosphere.

This situation jeopardizes the population because the lack of garbage collection and its correct treatment lead to an unhealthy scenario that can trigger the apparition of infections and different gastrointestinal, respiratory and cutaneous diseases. The population plays an important role in this reality since the lack of real awareness about the environmental problem existing in the isle and about the serious consequences that it can trigger, contribute in their daily practices by worsening the problem.

Afrikable and the environment: looking for solutions

Afrikable looks for alternatives that favour the environmental protection in Lamu and that is how Lamu Recycling Solution Project appeared; a producer group formed by women of the Orma tribe that work in the creation of products from raw materials that are collected from the garbage. Examples of these are: plastic bottles and bags, bottle tops, broken ceramic or wood from old boats. Do you want to know how these products are made? Women from the project show it to you in this video and extend you their thanks for your collaboration.



One of the Fair Trade’s principles is the respect for the environment and the consciousness-raising of the population about an environmental culture focused on the environment protection. For this reason, Afrikable integrates the environment as an educational objective in the schedule taught to the youngest ones at school. This is intended to make the new generations aware of this reality and so they take part in the search of individual and team solutions.

Products of Afrikable and creative recycling

Playing two different parts: one for the empowerment of the women and another one for the environmental protection. Are you interested in it? You can collaborate by acquiring some of the products made by the producer group of Lamu Recycling Solution Project on the Afrikable’s online shop.

  • Decorate your house and feel a piece of Lamu under your feet with this carpet woven with plastic bags in the traditional way of the Swahili Coast. It achieves the goal of recycling 340 plastic bags and providing a week of decent work to a woman.
  • We continue with the decoration for colouring and brightening up the house with this recycled curtain with movable figures in which 55 half-litre bottles are reused and 30 hours of decent work are offered to a woman. It is lightweight and easy to place. It is ideal for separating backgrounds.
  • Are you looking for a special gift? Handmade necklaces made from pieces of broken ceramic linked together in silver. It is certainly a good option for offering a unique and incomparable piece.

And as women of the Lamu Recycling Solution Project

Say in the video… ASANTE SANA!

Author: Estefanía Vera | Translator: Paula Aparicio

Read 1451 times Last modified on Saturday, 02 April 2016 23:59


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Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.


In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.


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