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Marurui Initiative

Esther Mumbi is a hard-working woman who runs an organized, safe workspace in the Marurui slum in her home country of Kenya. The Marurui Community Initiative now employs 15 women in the community. They are the sole providers for their children and make beautiful, beaded necklaces and bracelets to support their families. Many of the children in the community are now able to attend school. Before starting the Initiative, a majority of the women were doing menial jobs or involved in dangerous activities in order to put food on the table.

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In the Marurui slum in Kenya, where food and jobs can be hard to find, Phillis struggled to provide for her children. Thankfully, she found the Marurui Community Initiative, a well-organized, safe workspace employing 14 other women in her community. Together, as the sole providers for their children, the women gather in fellowship to make beautiful, beaded necklaces and bracelets. The sales of these items have allowed Phillis to feed her children and send them to school! She now has hope for a better future.


After Mary's husband died, she needed a way to support herself and her daughter. She was encouraged to join the Marurui Initiative and learn bead work. Through her job she is able to provide food and clothing for her daughter, and her daughter is now able to go to school.

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