Bombolulu Workshops is a Fair Trade social business in Mombassa, Kenya. People Tree partners with Bombolulu to create beautiful handmade jewellery in brass and silver plate. Providing support for physically-challenged people and encouraging sustainable development in Kenya are at the heart of Bombolulu’s mission.

Bombolulu was established in 1969 to provide opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Besides jewellery, Bombolulu creates leatherwork, carving and textiles, providing work for over 100 people. Artisans at Bombolulu make every detail of the jewelry by hand – even the link of each chain is made by hand.


The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya took over Bombolulu in 1987. The non-profit organisation produces crafts of a very high standard and gives vocational training to people with special abilities. The artisans are also supported with many social benefits, including a clinic, nursery, and a HIV prevention clinic.

Bombolulu has championed awareness of Fair Trade and the rights of physically-challenged people to fully participate in society. Bombolulu has held fashion shows in hotels and opened a cultural centre to celebrate the craftwork and beauty of handcrafted jewellery, textiles and wood carvings.


Alice Maundu, an artisan with Bombolulu, has been in a wheelchair since she lost use of her legs due to polio as a child. The disease left her with weak bones, so she is unable to bear children of her own.

But this didn't stop her becoming a fantastic mother. She adopted two children and regularly looks after her niece and nephew in their school holidays.

With such a disability Alice would have found it very difficult to provide for herself let alone live the full life that looking after children brings. She joined Bombolulu in 1993 and has since been making Fair Trade jewellery, earning a fair wage. In her words:

"I feel terrible when I see disabled people in the streets begging. I am so lucky to be here, safe, secure and with a chance to live a full life."