Disposing of waste can be a challenge in most cases this is why it is important to always find a way to recycle. A young man from Kenya, Jack Nyawanga, understood this at an early age and saw an opportunity that could make him the leading handcraft producer in his country.
He lived in Kibera, Nairobi where people dumped most of their refuse on the streets. Most of this refuse was made up of bones and leftovers and children just played around them, which is very unhealthy. Jack thought of the best way to rid the streets of the smelly bones and produce something useful from them. That thought birthed the idea which has become “Victorious Craft Group” a company registered under the Ministry of Gender and Social Services in Kenya.
The company is focused on producing handcraft from these bones, the bones are refined into beautiful jewelry. Other products include salad spoons, bowls, hair clips, teaspoons, etc.
To make something good of the bones, they are first of all collected, cleaned, and dried. After this, they are cut into the required shape and then smoothed using grinding machines. Holes are then drilled in them and they are painted using melted candle wax before undergoing coloring, removal of wax, polishing, and assembling. All of these are the predefined steps which lead to the products being ready for the market.
More than 89 people have been trained by the Group since its establishment in 2006. Most of these people are from Kibera and now run their own businesses, similar to what the Victorious Craft Group does. Currently, the group has a staff strength of 20 individuals and possesses more improved tools and machinery than when it first started.