Bawa la Tumaini(english meaning-Wing of Hope) is a Fair-Trade company that works with marginalized handicraft producers in Kenya by linking them to global markets. The company works with creative women and men, with the capacity to produce high quality products at competitive market prices. These producers do not want sympathy or charity—but an opportunity to access and compete in global markets.
Bawa la Tumaini seeks to share the enormous creativity of gifted producers living in low income areas and slums. Through its efforts, it seeks to prevent these talents from going to waste by sharing them with customers in global markets. The producers that it works with, especially women often lack the means to produce and sell products to better paying western markets. They are often exploited by middlemen who deny them the basic human right to "quality living" thus confining them to slums. Through Fair Trade, marginalized producers get what they deserve for their beautiful products. They do not require charity—just a fair opportunity to compete on the global stage. Bawa la Tumaini believes that a fairer world is possible and by giving people access to better paying markets, it can change their lives and that of their communities.
Our products range from:
-Beauty: Jewelry: Necklaces, earrings, wristbands
-Fashion: Bags: handbags, shoppers
-Living: utility items: salad servers, bowls
-Lifestyles: Soapstone gift Items.
-Wooden gift Items
-Recycled gift Items Transform the lives of marginalized producers, especially women, from a life of abject poverty to that of economic prosperity and social fulfillment.
To access gifted art, jewelery, craft and gift producers, largely drawn from rural and slum communities, to wealth creating global markets.
Capitalize on sustainable and recycled raw materials to develop an attractive and unique range of products that have a competitive edge in global markets.
Access ethical markets with a human face that allow producers to generate acceptable returns to their investments.
Creating linkages to better paying regional and international markets that reward creativity, quality and professionalism.
Investing in producers, by equipping them with business and technical skills which strengthen their ability to compete in global markets.
Working with socially responsible businesses and non profits in improving the social welfare of marginalized producers. The company believes that investments in improved standards of living in turn impacts on productivity and quality.
Capitalizing on product design and development to introduce and sell attractive, high quality and cost competitive products in global markets.