Sunday, September 12, 2010

African Dancing Girl Recycled Phone Card Earrings Kenya

Recycled Wire and Phone Card "Dancing Girl" Earrings

Kisumu, Kenya has long been known for atisans who make products from "easily obtained materials", a nice way of saying "trash". Made from discarded scratch off phone cards used to load minutes on cell phones, common in Kenya where there are few of the land telephone lines we take for granted, this novel jewelry reflects the latest environmental vulnerability to hit the developing world. Fair Trade and recycled, it just doesn't get any better.

These darling little dancing girl earrings are made from recycled copper car engine wire, discarded scratch off phone cards and tiny glass beads.

They measure 2.5 inches long from the top of the ear wire and are packaged with the informative card as pictured.

Meet the Artisans
Creative Alternatives trains individual artisans in western Kenya in the art of making crafts from readily available and environmentally sound materials. Water hyacinth weed, tin sheets of misprinted bottle caps, recycled wire, tin cans and discarded phone cards, all find new lives as the artisans of Creative Alternatives creates greeting cards, ornaments, jewelry and functional products which they sell to provide a sustainable livelihood for their families.

Fair Trade means that artisans are paid a fair price in advance for their products and work in safe working conditions. It provides the framework for empowering the disadvantaged of the world to make a fair living and provide for



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