Githomo crafts are handmade products, which are both native and traditional to the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya. Other than various beaded items, the products are made out of natural fiber such as sisal, banana tree bark, grass, sticks, corn husk or any other natural material readily available in resource-rich parts of Kenya such as the Mount Kenya area.
Animals and bicycle figurines, huts, angel ornaments, boxes, book marks, wallets, and nativity scenes are just some of the items made by our participants. Ideas for new products are welcome and appreciated.
Githomo crafts are small gifts that give twice —
1. To the person who made it (a chance at a better life, with higher education), and
2. To the person receiving it, as they are truly unique and adorable.
“Githomo” means “education” in the Kikuyu language. Education is often seen as wasted on a girl in Kikuyu culture, as resources are very limited, and girls are considered more valuable for the work they do around the farm.