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MARO designs is protecting the Environment

Cowbone and cowhorn were used for household, decorative and medicine artifacts in African tradition. When an animal was slaughtered, everything was used:

  • meat for food
  • hide for garments and tools
  • bones and horns for household, decorative artifacts

We are getting our raw material, cowbone and cowhorn, sometimes camelbone, directly from the slaughterhouse.

Going Green – Use of waste material & recycling

Cowbone and cowhorn mill can be used as natural fertilizer – cowhorn especially contains a lot of nitrogen, cowbone nitrogen and calcium. Kenyan soil mostly lacks nitrogen. This natural fertilizer feeds the soil instead of draining it , it is very economical, as you don’t need to increase input with time. Leftover ground bone and horn mill is collected and sold to private gardeners.

Paperbags – As packaging material in Kenya, we use paper-bags worked on recycled paper, produced by a group of former street boys.

Included in our final products are:

Paperbeads – worked on recycled paper (cut out of magazines).

Glass beads – recycled glass beads from Nani Crozes KITENGELA manufacture and training center.

Aluminium beads – worked from up-recycled aluminium (old car engine parts), produced especially for us, protected by polish to be smooth on the skin.

Up-cycled cotton strings –  leftover from t-shirt production Kiboko leisure wear.

MARO designs is trading fairly

  1. Our workers are fairly paid, 1 month paid leave per year
  2. Maternity leave 3 months paid
  3. Tea break twice daily, Lunch provided by company
  4. Assistance for medical (cost sharing)
  5. Transport Allowance
  6. Payment to NHIF (national health care)
  7. Payment to NSSF (national retirement benefits)

Employment of single mothers

Looking at the social situation in Kenya, empowerment of women through employment on permanent contracts is very important. After basic schooling, poor families still send only the boys for further education and training. So we adjusted our policy! At our manufacture, every new craftswoman is a mother, mostly single. They are trained on the job by experienced coworkers. They are very smart and talented craftswomen, loyal and hardworking. Even considering their maternal responsibilities and reality, like maternity leave (3 months) and days off, when children had to be brought to new schools, or to the doctor, this choice of employees is worth it. For every woman we employ, we feed and help giving education to at least 2 to 5 kids.