This cooperative is composed of handicapped
persons. They fabricate these pearls using recycled bottles. The sale of these
glass beads allows handicapped persons in this cooperative to earn a decent
living and promote and safeguard African craftsmanship.
These multicolored beads are created in an
open-air workshop, located in the heart of a lush forest at the gates of Arusha
in Tanzania. Craftsmen are people with motor disabilities or blindness.
All the profits of this integration cooperative
are redistributed to these artisans and give them the strength and courage to
Saskia Rechsteiner, the initiator of this
beautiful project, pronounced a very moving slogan: "Kindness is something
blind people can see and deaf people can hear"
Millefiori glass marbles and glass paste marbles
are "slave marbles" or also called "trade marbles" which
were used between the 16th and 20th centuries as a currency to buy food,
services. as well as slaves.
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