The Urembo National Group from the community of Dagoretti works with Intrinsic to design our Kisa Banana Leaf Notebook. In Swahili, urembo means “beauty.” The group started in 1998 with the goal of empowering youth in slum communities through art. It started with 20 members, but dropped down to a group of 12 members due to a lack of sustainable income.
Urembo National’s products are very unique compared to other artisan groups we’ve seen in Kenya. They specialize in using natural elements such as banana fiber, sisal, grass and other plant materials. They primarily sell locally, but due to a lack of a healthy market and steady income generation, they struggle with continuing their projects.
Other challenges the group has for growth are a lack of capital, and searching for banana leaves since they only have one bicycle for the whole group to use. However, the group still has a huge vision to someday be able to sell their products internationally and be able to help empower more youth from different slum communities. We at Intrinsic love that they dream big, and are proud to be their first international buyer!
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Meet the Urembo National Artisan Team
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