Trinity Jewellery Crafts is a small jewelry-making business located on the outskirts of Mathare Valley, one of the most impoverished areas of Nairobi. Joseph Muchina, the director of Trinity, grew up in a Nairobi slum, which gave him a strong desire to find a way to reduce poverty. Together with two other founding members of Trinity, he was trained by the National Christian Council of Kenya in jewelry making, and they started a small business to employ others in need.
In addition to their monthly income, the jewelry makers who work at Trinity all participate in a profit-sharing plan and 10% of their earnings are set aside each month in a pension plan. Joseph says that when they have orders, for the artisans, it means guaranteed food on their table, shelter for those who pay rent for their houses, clothing for their families and most importantly, school needs for their children.
Jewelry from Trinity is handmade with hammered elements, beads from local family bead producers, and traditional African beads. Serrv has been working with Trinity for more than twenty years.
Meet artisans who work with Trinity (printable PDFs and videos):