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November 11, 2008

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Samuel Omweri

Tamokcub project
p.o. box 2538 kisii, kenya
email. tamokcub@yahoo.ca
Telephone +254724825839


Dear sir/ Madam,

We are an artisans from western kenya who are looking for Business partnership and community development project,

Here in below is the information about our organization,

we wel come you to qwork together and make changes in our communities.

Tamokcub project is non profit organization found in Kenya Western part of the country, it is founded by local volunteers. It has hundred artisans who make various handcrafts e.g. soapstone carvings, wood carvings, baskets, bags, T-shirts, Jewelries and others.


The project has been devised to assist the development of a sustainable industry using those native resources that are readily available. Proceeds from the project go towards the project member’s children’s education and to raise the health of all the project participants.


This project seeks to blend the resourceful creativity of the Kenyan artisans with knowledge of western world marketing distribution brought to the project by an experienced business coach.


The vision is to develop a unique product line that will attract the interest of the world, be low cost to distribute globally and be high in unique skilled labour content but low in other production costs. The business developed must be capable of sustaining the group in the long term. With economic sustainability the health and education benefits will flow.


To meet this requirement the group is working on a unique handcrafts concept from various artisans within Kisii and neighboring. All the income generating we get from the sales 100% profit of the project will go the Tamoklub Committee, for the distribution in accordance with their constitution. In addition 50% of the project costs will be expended in the Kenyan artisan groups. The constitution and committee officers are elected by the general members annually.


HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

This group which is found in the western part of country faces many problems of diseases mainly Malaria, HIV/ AIDS for example 88% of the community have Malaria 60% have HIV/AIDS their average life expectancy has nearly halved over a period of 15 years as HIV/AIDS has taken its toll. Children born with HIV/AIDS seldom live beyond age of 15 years.


The group’s predominant industry is agriculture. The group as a main central workshop and other various home workshops where they are making their products. The group rents their main workshop. There are no electricity, water or communication services installed. Their homes are predominately mud and stick buildings are still used.


Drought is becoming a problem as a primary issue with lower rainfall generally. A secondary effect on drought in the north and west of the country is forcing human and livestock movement to find grazing further south. Anthrax is a health issue associated with the livestock movements.


EDUCATION

Education is scarce, around one third of teachers in the rural areas have been lost to HIV/AIDS. The Kenyan government has decreed universal primary education but the reality on the ground is the cost of equipment and uniforms, the need for younger family members to take care of their sick members, and the lack of teachers, all conspire to make general primary education of the group’s children currently unachievable. Secondary education is rare.

So we highly welcome any organizations e.g. fair trade organization, N.G.Os and others to partnership with us to assist as in marketing, representing and developing our communities as it is stating from above. contact person Samuel Omweriemail. mumayouth@yahoo.com or tamokcub@yahoo.ca

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