Mikono Crafts and Cards

New crafts for Christmas have arrived! We have beautiful items to help you celebrate: Christmas tree decorations, candle holders, Holy Family carvings and a lovely selection of small affordable gift items such as bangles, key rings and soap stone hearts. See our mini Christmas Catalogue for details.

We also have a selection of crafts and cards to offer, for example, handmade batik fabric greetings cards £6 for a pack of 4 and notecards with banana fibre collage pictures £4 for a pack of 4. Please note designs may differ from the ones featured as they are all individually crafted. We also have a selection of wooden carvings, such as the Holy Family, the Earth in God’s Hand and a Trio of Figures. Please call and we can let you know what we have in stock.

Mikono (Kiswahili for "hands") is a craft shop in Nairobi where 70 refugees from different countries sell their products. Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) opened the shop in 1993 to help refugees in the city become self-reliant by marketing their products. Over the years, many refugees have been able to meet their daily needs with the income earned through the shop. The refugees who supply crafts are aged between 20 and 60 and almost 50 of them are women. They come from Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Sudan. Their products boast a great variety and include baskets, batiks, cards, clothes, carvings, household items, jewellery, personal items, paintings, toys and dolls. The shop operates as a non-profit entity and is an outlet to both domestic and export markets. By purchasing a quality product from Mikono you help improve the lives of refugees and their families in Nairobi. For more information please download a brochure or visit Mikono.

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Next time you need to buy anything from Amazon (any birthdays coming up?) you can access Amazon here, make your purchases as usual and JRS-UK receives 5% of everything you spend. You can also see our book recommendations of titles on refugee experiences, justice and spirituality here.