Upcycling in Kisumu, Kenya


Deepest apologies for the long gap in posts. I’ve been traveling nonstop for the day job and barely have time to sleep, let alone brave slow internet connections to upload photos and information. That’s not to say I haven’t been collecting trashtastic content. For example, women who take part in income generating activities with the Kisumu Medical Education Trust (KMET) upcycle plastic water bottles as zero waste packaging for the liquid soap they make and sell.

Woman sifts base for bar soap, liquid soap bottles in the background

Woman with finished liquid soap product

Young women training at KMET’s empowerment center learn marketable skills like tailoring. To practice, they use flour sacks and cardboard for patterns and swaths.

Young women practice stitching on recycled paper

Young women practice tailoring using patterns upcylced from empty sacks

Thanks for your patience, trashies. I’m in Ethiopia this week. Stay tuned for additional updates from East Africa.

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4 Responses to “Upcycling in Kisumu, Kenya”

  1. Nancy Says:

    This is awesome, Leila! Especially the sewing :).

  2. Leila Darabi Says:

    It’s an amazing program. Many of these young women have babies, and there is free daycare on site.

  3. salmon Says:

    Neat, my sewing tutor encouraged us to practice on paper, too, so as not to waste fabric.

  4. Leila Darabi Says:

    I kind of love the sack patterns. Bring back the sack dress!

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