Bombolulu: Special Abilities = Special Accessories

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I first heard of Bombolulu when I went to visit my Uncle Duncan who was at the time working as an artisan there. Since 1969, Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Centre in Mombasa has been working with men and women artisans with special abilities to overcome their physical limitations and empower them economically and socially.

 

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As well as supporting staff in becoming fully integrated members of their communities, the initiative has provided benefits such as a clinic, nursery school, social hall, sports and more. Bombolulu includes housing units for artisans, artisan workshops and a Cultural Centre which comprises of different traditional homesteads of the diverse tribes of Kenya. 

The workshops produce a range of jewelry, textile, wood and leather products. Every year, thousands of different designs are produced and many years of successful exporting have established the workshops as a reliable supplier and the project is a member of the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) and  it is the trading partner of PEOPLink/OpenEntry (USA).

You can visit the Bombolulu workshops and Cultural Centre and the recently launched Bombolulu Boutique in Diani Beach Shopping Centre to buy beautiful and unique products. Several items are available to buy on People Tree online.

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Interregional Festival (IRF) 2010, July 16-17, TZ

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This year's Interregional Festival takes place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:

16-17 July @ TaSUBa in Bagamoyo
18 July @ Makumbusho Cultural Center in Dar es Salaam (the "chill-out concert")

With something for everyone, the festival will feature artists from Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as special guests from around the world.

It's all about youth empowerment as all performers are under 25. Drawing crowds in the six figures, this festival is "most renowned for its celebration of African heritage, whether pop or rock, jazz or reggae, all artists showcased at the festival pulsate a spirit and feel that is undoubtedly African."

Check out the festival blog for more info. And if you're in TZ, I'd love to see your pictures and to hear how it goes!