Zingira African heritage attempts to use unwanted materials to create handicrafts, thereby helping to create employment and conserve the environment. Income from products helps the local people to have a better standard of living allowing them better shelter, food, electricity, clothing, school fees, health insurance and more.
We employ local artisans to make handcrafted gifts and products from locally sourced materials, which we distribute and sell to a wider and more lucrative market beyond Kisumu, using the income to pay a daily wage to our artisans.
All profits generated from the sale of these crafts are used to sustain and expand the market base and to train more artisans. This enables people to have a secure job and create further employment for the local community. As we train more people we also teach the importance of recycling and caring for our own environment.Zingira aims to enable people to have a better income and have power over their own lives. We currently provide income and employment to around 20 members. At present we make little or no profit, but as the project develops we aim to provide financial assistance towards local projects such as well-building and providing much needed resources to local schools.Here is an example of how we create our handicrafts – in this instance creating tin products from waste sheet metal.
The majority of our tin products are created from waste tin from a local drinks bottling plant. We buy sheets of tin designed to become bottle tops which have been misprinted and deemed unsuitable for use. These sheets would otherwise most likely be dumped or discarded. Most of the misprinted tin we use is either Tusker beer or Coca Cola prints.
These pictures show Richard Omollo, head of our tin making department demonstrating how we make our handicrafts from the waste tin sheets.
From left to right – top to bottom
- Richard takes the sheet of misprinted tin and cuts it using a knife
- The shape of the tin is cut from the sheet
- The rectangle of tin is curved around a piece of pipework
- Here is the completed tube – the edges are then joined together
- A circle is cut to make the bottom of the tin
- The bottom is applied to the tin
- A ring of tin is created for the lid
- Another wider circle is cut to attach to the ring mage in the previous picture. This will make the lid of the small tin
Here is the completed tin ready for painting, shown alongside Richard displaying a suitcase made from the same material, and an example of painted containers to the right