By Expanding Opportunities: Aina Moja | Dec 06, 2013
Photo by: Bevelry Stone The Gioto Ladies display their wares

Stop in at the Aiina Moja Shop, 39 Main Street, Belfast, Maine to see the NEW inventory just in from Kenya.  Among the items are handmade beads, bags and clutches made from recycled materials from the Gioto Dump.  Gioto is just outside the city of Nakuru, Kenya.  On top of a hill bordering the dump there are many stick and trash homes.  Entire families live in these makeshift hovels and try to subsist from picking through the trash from the city of Nakuru to resell, recycle and repurpose the refuse.  When the garbage trucks arrive, the aroma is pervasive but it is the signal to draw the dump dwellers to collect their special treasures in hopes to find enough for food or shoes.

In spite of hunger, mud, pigs, garbage and stench, hope lives. Several ladies have come together and through the efforts of an NGO called Actions not Words, have learned to create beautiful things from trash.  Paper beads, folded paper clutches, recycled plastic shopping bag purses and more.

Aina Moja has purchased some of their recycled items. Come look and purchase a gift that gives hope.

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