Tuesday. July 22, 2014.
Today was peaceful day at the market. Artisans gathered together in the morning for a meeting with the market mall managers. Then after the meeting they all went back to their stalls to began the day of sales.
There were only a handful or customers visiting the market. Some buying customers and some curious ones. Some from Germany, some from Brazil, some from India, some from the USA and some from Kenya. It is always an diverse and international day at a Maasai market.
The Prestige market has grown to about 40+ artisans and is expanding. It is good to see new markets such as this one grow. Though the number has increased there is still a need to support the artisans by purchasing their handicrafts. Their income depends 100% on the sale of their products.
Are you visiting Nairobi, Kenya anytime soon? Come to a Maasai market! Support the artisans there. Buy handmade products! Fair trade is the way to go!
If you are not going to be at the markets anytime soon, you can still support artisans in Kenya through purchasing a product through our organization, Heavenly Treasures! Yeah! Go to: www.shopwithamission.com and get your products today! Right now! Or make a donation to Heavenly Treasures to support artisans in their business trainings! www.heavenlytreasures.org
Asante sana and Karibu! You are most welcome to come to the markets, anytime during the week or weekend.
“Just reinvent the wheel.” Recently, this quote was discussed in the marketplace. “What does this mean?”artisans asked.
It means to not create something which has already been created.
For handicraft artisans creating is their passion. In the marketplaces however, there is competition and work which has been copied and reproduced by others trying to make money. For some they would agree that there is no reason to reinvent something.
However, there are artisans out there who are creating new designs for their products and art. For these artistic and talented creators, they will reinvent what they create because it impacts their families and people they support. It also encourages them to think outside the box and improve their designs or come up with new ideas. It also means taking something, recycling it, reproducing it and making it into a better product.
Simple Ways to make a difference on World Fair Trade Day:
- 1). Buy a fair trade store- HEAVENLY TREASURES to buy your mother a gift for Mother’s Day!
- 2). Learn about fair trade! Visit this web link to learn more. http://www.fairtradefederation.org/celebrate-world-fair-trade-day/
- 3). Share with others about fair trade.
Tausi is one joyful woman. She is always smiling, praising God out loud and so kind. Her husband Aaron, is just the same. He is a pastor of the Redeemed Gospel Church in Mathare, Kenya. He currently is a teacher at a Bible school where is helps train students wanting to become pastors but who do not have the resources or assistance to do so. Both Tausi and Aaron not only disciple groups within their church but also outside the church. They really believe in “living in faith,” rather then just “believing in faith.”
Their own life experience has really challenged them lately to live in faith everyday. One of their daughters has been very sick for almost a year now. Her name is Christine, she is the 2nd born child and she recently graduated form 4/high school. She has been on such a journey with facing an illness that doctors kept incorrectly diagnosing and she was getting worse. It was not until just a few months ago she met with a doctor who said something different and called her disease as something he had seen before. This was good news to Tausi and her daughter and the rest of the family. Christine is currently on medication that thankfully has been healing her illness and relieving her pain.
Christine lost all ability to walk, move, and help herself. She said her mom (Tausi) took good care of her, but it was hard for her to have her mom dress her, wash her, and go with her everyday to school. Tausi says, “It was so hard to see my daughter in so much pain and there was nothing we could do for her. We could only pray and trust God for a miracle.” And a miracle did happen when Christine was directed to the right doctor who diagnosed her differently then 4 other doctors could. This doctor knew exactly what was wrong with Christine and this gave her and her family hope and peace. Although she has been through what she says is the worst, there is still the recovery and healing process. While sitting at home with Tausi, Christine and Tausi’s husband (Aaron), they all were smiling and laughing. They have been on a long and painful journey, but as a family all you can see is the joy of the Lord in their home. Tausi and her husband are inspiring parent’s for trusting in God and directing their children to Him. With God anything is possible, and for Christine, she is confident in this and knows she has a future ahead of her.