Founded in 1969 as a rehabilitation centre, they were largely supported by the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya. Now, they are working towards social and financial independence. They deserve to earn a decent living from their wonderful skills.
They make a range of lovely jewellery, carved wood and leather goods. Jewellery is made from mixed materials, including beads which the Masai and Turkana use, semi-precious stones, silver plate, brass, bone, soapstone, and recycled materials (for example safety pin and telephone wire and drinks cans). Leather products include belts and bags.
Most of Bombolulu’s workers have sheltered housing on site. There is a nursery for the workers’ children and a big playing field which the older kids use for football. Their mobility workshop makes wheelchairs and other aids for those who need them.
Security of employment is an enormous help to disabled workers as the Kenyan government doesn’t provide any social benefits. As one worker, Alice Mumbua, said, “Without Bombolulu, I’d probably be begging on the streets.”