Our Artisans

 The following are HTK workers in each project.

Zakale was founded by John Kangara Mucheru. He chose the name Zakale because it means "reuse" or "recycle." Those in the project have learned amazing skills, been able to break free from their past and break free into a future. Once discarded individuals now find self worth and value in the Lord. Each item made is created from recycled wire, hand twisted and manipulated into amazing pieces of art. Their lives are being reused for good and the business is flourishing. They're making a difference in their community and having a positive impact. Lives are changing through their work - day by day.
 Gonga Waya means "hit a wire" and "make something" in Swahili. Through a God given idea, Abel, leader and founder of Gonga Waya, made a frame with aluminum wire and started a small business. Since then, he has trained over 40 people how to do this handicraft and is working to improve his community. Gonga Waya hand crafts beautiful frames, utensil sets and more using mostly recycled products.
At African Banana Bark Art, Elisha, Founder, and his young artisans are keeping their eyes to serve and their hands to learn. Every day they meet to create products such as picture frames, wall hangings, Christmas nativity cards, greeting cards with animals and people, art designs on cloth and canvas and gift card tags. All products are made uniquely using banana bark. They are even expanding their business to learn to carve wooden utensils. Elisha’s long term business goal is to “reduce unemployment by empowering most youth in the community.” He hires youth because it gives them a job that is not involved in crime, drug or prostitution activities.
Pamoja Youth Crafts was founded by Wilberforce Seka. He met John and Milton of Zakale creations  in 2006/2007 at the different maasai markets and they used to be stall neighbors in the market and he could see what they make and try to come up with his own designs. They helped him to know about jewelry and also how he could go about the skill of craft making. Since then Seka has been making his own jewelry and selling to different people. He attends most of the Maasai markets, he has seven people whom he employs when he has big orders and among them is his elder brother. His house doubles as both a house and his workshop. He has been able to pay college school fees for himself and completed a two-year diploma in sales and marketing and hopes to pursue further education when he gets the funds.
Artisans like Charles and his wife, Magdalene have given jobs to many young men and they now are no longer begging, doing drugs and being idle on the streets. The wooden birds, metal art, beaded jewelry, and other products are representative of jobs that support children and youth in many ways. In Kibera slums, there are many orphans, children and youth not in school just sitting around the slums, either getting into trouble or dying. The Fruitful Center, run by Jane and Beatrice has taken in children and youth who come from families of single households or no parental guardians at all. It is talented artisans working together to create amazing items in Kenya that can be sold to support children. The sale of their products helps send hundreds of kids to secondary school and young adults to vocational training.
Charles and his wife Magdalene are the owners of Craft Options that deals with birds that are made from timber. Charles began this business after he had worked as a mechanic for several years and was not contented with the kind of earnings he used to get from the work.
Hakuna Matata was founded by George Mwaura. George lives and works in Githurai, where he has his workshop and has two staff currently working with him. He deals with horn products and metal products, this includes making candle holders, pen holders, metal animals, and metal instruments.
Agnes makes the Dolls using kitenge fabrics and a sewing machine. She hopes to get a new sewing machine one day.
Was founded by Christopher Matere Sianje. He paints on various objects like guords etc. Christopher says he got the idea from seeing all kinds of faces in the marketplaces so this gave him inspiration to paint.
“Jamkia” stands for Jane’s first and last name, Wamjiku. The products she has made with beading are lampshades, candles, bowls, glass jar covers, placemats, purses and bags. She always has been selling beadwork crafts.
“Chosen Beauty” is not just a name of Neddy Dingili’s business but her life story.Neddy handicrafts beautiful jewelry out of recycled paper and magazines. She then rolls the paper into beads, seals it and designs the jewelry.
Was created one year ago by a group of women in the church. This project supports Free Methodist Pastors wives, widows, and their families. Neddy’s handicrafts support Tumani NGO. There are also a women’s sewing and poultry projects which both have grown to include the communities outside the church and support more families.
Helinah Wahiru known as “Helen” makes & sells beaded bracelets, necklaces, earrings, keychains made out of a variety of colored beads, magazine beads and wire. She also uses her beading technique on leather sandals.
Black Mrembo Supports women and children with special needs. In Swahili, “Black Mrembo,” means “beautiful black women.” The 10 women from Kangemi, Anastasia, Alice, Jerusa, Lilian, Nora, Irene and Sheila come together every Saturday to make hand dyed scarves, dresses, purses, and kitenge bangles. Their children come to the school which accommodates special needs preschoolers.
Since 2000, HTK has been partnering with the ladies of the Kip Karen Krafters! These women are seamstresses and have a small workshop/store on the Kip Karen River in Northern Kenya. The women feel that Kathy Gaulton's obedience to God by starting Heavenly Treasures has allowed them to feed their families, support their communities and given them hope, as many of them had no hope for life. They make bracelets from cowry shells, beads and leather and Kitenge bags.
Kybeleca Designs from Nairobi Kenya, is a group of refugee women from the great lakes, Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo. Tausi and Irene are two seamstresses who specialize in african designs, table mats, aprons, gloves, tissue holders, and bags. They sew out of Tausi's home in the Kangemi area of Nairobi. 
The Sisal Sisters are a group of women in Kakuyuni, Kenya who have organized to make sisal and wool bags. This handicraft is indigenous to their village, originally used for carrying vegetables, coffee and even to put -n the nose of a donkey to keep from eating the garden vegetables. These women are dedicated to meeting each week for Bible Study. They encourage each other, pray and help those that are still learning! Many of the women are thankful that they have an income on which they can tithe. They are currently planting trees in their community as this is an ongoing critical need.
In Swahili “Utamaduni” means, “culture.” For Gabriel Muragy Thuita, the cultural heritage in Kenya has inspired his jewelry artwork. The beads, metal and styles are influenced from primitive art, and Gabriel says he modernizes the jewelry so the modern person can admire it and wear it. Gabriel cares so much for his customers. He states, “we use original raw materials so customers are not affected by them. If they are they will know. Being honest is what is most important to us.” The Jewelry includes brass necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
In 2004, William Omondi Obonyo started his own business by meeting artisans and suppliers in the marketplaces. He learned to make drums from other artisans who helped him learn drum making. He sells handicrafts like Sisal beaded baskets, drums etc.
Julius K. Oyongo is the founder of Jukeo. “Jukeo” stands for an abbreviation of Julius names. He has worked in the curio shop since 1999 for 14 years. He learned soapstone and has been making it for 16 years. He has worked with Heavenly Treasures for more than five years.
Noah Mogendi has been selling soapstone and banana bark nativity sets for 28 years now. He’s  from Kisi, Kenya. The town of Kisi is known for its soapstone production and making. Stones from rock quarries are collected in Kisi and many people go into soapstone business. Kisi is also known for banana plantations and the bark is stripped and used to make art.
Hosea Azere Omare makes drums and sells antique masks in his curio shop. He has been selling for 18 years. The masks he gets are from the Rendili, Turkana and Potok tribes. He visits these villages to buy masks. He states, “Go into places as a friend, don’t show that your only intention is to come in and take from people. Make stories with people then they will call you a friend after thirty minutes. Then after one hour they will call you a brother. Help them, take care of them and visit again and make more stories.”

 

Gash Jewelry

Kim Curios

Joe Culture and Art (cards)

Curios and Handicraft

Curios Shop- Paper Beads