- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
A local organization is giving Kenyan women a chance to develop their craft skills by learning how to make shaggy home mats.
“I train women how to make shaggy mats that can be developed to become another source of income, a full time job or just as a hobby,” said Grace Wambui, the founder of the organization.
In engaging in craft, it can act as therapy for adults. It can help relieve stress, add joy to life, act as a self expression and also boost self- confidence. This makes them more productive in their work and activities during the day or night.
Ms Wambui started the organization not only to foster her business but also as a way to empower women.
“When I started the organization about six months ago, it was a way to get help for the orders I had received for shaggy mats. But it has since graduated to an organization whose purpose is to inspire and empower women to trust in their abilities, others following completion of the training have gone to start their own shaggy mats businesses that are turning a profit,” she said.
Besides teaching women how to make shaggy mats, she also teaches them how to make products from beads.
“Anything including making placemats, ornaments, bags or ornament holders, I teach them how to make them from beads.”
The organization does not have a particular location in which it trains, Grace prefers teaching in groups due to the number of requests she gets and assembles interested women from the same location for sessions in one particular venue at the same time.
However she is open to one on one sessions. Classes range from Sh1000 to Sh1500.
For more information, you can call her on: 0725834180