EcoSandals – Made in Nairobi

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In a small workshop, on the boarder between the Korogocho slum and Kariobangi area, these wonderful leather sandals are being made. Every single sandal is produced by using leather and already used automobile tyre from the streets of East Africa. Even much of the fabrics being used are recycled wastes from the close by dumping site.

The EcoSandals are pieces of art, made by the skilled hands of the people from the area, using their talents to provide for themselves and their families. To live and survive in the slums and suburbs of Nairobi is a hardship and the sandals are being made with such a high quality to conquer the days of hard work, rain, a burning sun and long walks.

The EcoSandals are not only being sold in Kenya, but also in e.g. America and Europe. They are for everyone who wants to enjoy more environment friendly and comfortable leather sandals with a unique design, reflecting the creative and colourful inherit of Kenya.

For orders or more information contact Mike at: +254 (0)725 891 288 or karuri@ecosandals.com

Karibu!

Photo taken by: Emma Wallgren

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Thank you Madiba

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Thank you Madiba for being an inspiration, not only for me and for my friends in South Africa, but also for people and nations all over the world. You chose to take your part in the fight against apartheid. After 27 years in prison, instead of giving in to bitterness and revenge, you still chose to advocate for reconciliation and forgiveness. For that I deeply admire you. And I believe that specific decision changed the path of South Africa’s history – for the better.

Even though you moved on from your earthly home, the memory of your leadership and endurance in the fight for freedom and equal rights will continue to inspire me and people throughout the history.

So thank you Madiba for your great contribution to us. Now finally you get to rest in peace.

Na Upendo
Anne

Oltanki Primary School

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Oltanki Primary School

Pupils folding the Kenyan flag in the end of the school day

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Early morning and me and Mama Florence walking to school over the hill

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Some of the pupils and pre-school children

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The chef cooking daily lunch, beans and corn

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Girls playing on the school yard

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Corn and the other vegetables and crops planted for school dried out due to drought

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Donkeys, a common way of transporting water

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End of school day and pupils taking down the Kenyan flag

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Time for walking back home

Suswa area, Maasai Land

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In Suswa area, Maasai Land

Me, Mama Florence and Mr. Chairman squeezed together on a motorbike

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A smiling neighbour and Chepkurui together with Naserian

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Saturday and time for washing

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Naserian heating up water while sun is setting and Mama Florence baking chapati

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Inside the manyatta – my traditional Maasai bed with the dried skin upon and a storage of some sacks with corns and coals.

Into the wild

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Into the wild

It’s been an intense and inspiring week in Maasai Land and I have so many thoughts and experiences to share with You. But let’s start with some pictures from the Safari in Maasai Mara. It was truly a really good safari and we got to see so many wild animals while driving around. In the night we slept in a camp ran by Sami, an elderly and respected Maasai man. Sami had this great sense of humour and was laughing and making jokes all the time, which we all found was very entertaining. Sami took us on a tour to one of the close by manyatta, a traditional Maasai house and gave us an insight in the Maasai culture and history. One of the things that I learnt was that the Maasai people love their animals. I got to hold one of the new born lambs and feed it with milk from a bottle, which reminded me of my home in Sweden (when I use to help my parents to take care of the lambs on the farm). In order to get milk we had to milk some of the cows but my skills in milking a cow turned out to be quite non-existent. Under a perfect clear night sky with shining stars and in the light of the fire our new group of friends gave us a show of songs and dances.