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Sunday, 14 February 2016
Published in PROMOTION

Sharing is something that people try to inculcate in young children since childhood, but this concept is blurred with age. Sharing what is excess for us does not have a merit. It is easy to do without something we do not need. A friend of mine always says that sharing is having less. Is that the sense we give to the word “share” here? Is that what we transfer to our kids?

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The day that I discovered the real meaning of the word “share” I was on volunteer holidays with Afrikable. My friend Marta and I went each morning to the shamba to help teachers with approximately 40 children of all ages. We provided support to teachers by helping with exercises, interacting with the kids, playing and talking with them… We tried to be one more in the group.

Marta left for Spain a week before I did. The first day without her, all of the children came to me asking where she was. “Marta had to go back to Spain”. And a shadow of sadness showed on their usual smiley faces. What a hard morning without her! But the best and the worst thing were about to come.

At 1 p.m. children left the classroom and took their food plates. When I was exiting the classroom in order to walk back to the village, the children stopped me with an empty plate and each one of them tried to put a little bit of food on my plate. They told me in Swahili that it was not necessary to go back to Spain because they could share their food with me, there was enough for everyone…

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The fact that these children (about whom we know anything they eat when they are not with us at the project) wanted to share their food so they could have tenderness nearby, says a lot about our sharing concept.

for sharing could be: accepting to give something you want or need in order to obtain something better. So, at the end, I cannot agree with my friend because sharing is having more. More than the things that really matter in life.

Author: Ana García Chaves | Translator: Paula Aparicio

Sunday, 14 February 2016
Published in PROMOTION

Reason #1: The old town, heritage of humanity

According to UNESCO: Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century and has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures.

Getting lost in the narrow streets of the old town will be one of the funniest sensations of the trip. You will experience a maze of narrow streets full of donkeys, kids, cats and fast food stands where you can buy French fries for breakfast, for example. One never knows what the next corner will bring…

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Reason #2: the blending of cultures

In Lamu and, in particular, with Afrikable’s project, you will be able to know some of the most representative ethnic groups of Kenya and, in general, of the East African coast. From the exotic Masaai people to the Christian Kikuyu people or the Muslim Orma people.

Hospitality in Lamu Island is beyond all doubt. You will never be short on smiles on the face of who you have in front of you. And if you get to know some words in Swahili, you will delight your interlocutor.

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Reason #3: the incredible beaches of the archipelago

Manda, the endless beach of Shela, the golden beach of Kipungani, the idyllic beach of Manda Toto and the almost inaccessible beach of Kiwayu. All of them deserve to be visited and all of them have something different. And you will not have the problem of finding a place to put your towel. Or maybe?.

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Reason #4: Swahili food

At the end of the day, the Swahili people are a mix of 3 big migratory movements and each one left their influence. Their diet is based on fish, veggies, fruit, a lot of spices due to the Indian influence and rice as the basis for almost all of their meals. The enthusiast of fish will feel like in heaven… Eating a fish that was just scooped out of the sea and cooked on embers sitting on a dhow is priceless. It will make you want to lick your fingers! Well, that if you have eaten in the traditional way, that is to say, with your hands.

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Reason #5: The project of Afrikable

Taking part in the project of Afrikable will give you the opportunity to interact with women from different cultures and with their children. You will be able to help out at school, lend a hand with breakfast for the babies or throw yourself to the sand surrounded by children wanting to play with you. You will participate in the daily work of the women making sandals, handbags, bracelets, etc.

You will also be able to give a workshop with them in the afternoon. In addition, being in touch with the women from the project will allow you to see and hear from their mouth how the Fair Trade has changed their lives and those of their families.

And you will understand that, for getting to get on people that do not speak the same language as you do, it is only necessary to have the wish to do it.

Do you need any more reasons?

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Author: Ana García Chaves | Translator: Paula Aparicio

Saturday, 06 February 2016
Published in PROMOTION

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

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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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