The Kenyan Collection
At The Kenyan Collection, Cindy Lay and Stewart Newmans goal is to demonstrate that products made in Africa can compete in the global marketplace, while at the same time create employment for the artisans, in the hope that they will have an investment in, and an opportunity to change, their own future and the future of their children.
They realized that we all have "gifts" to share and we do what we can to make a difference to help each other in spite of our own constraints. What they are doing is not charity or a hand-out, they are reciprocating in their way by providing guidance and presenting the artisans talents to a demanding market.
Why is The Kenyan Collection NOT a non-profit? Because the Kenyans felt that setting up as a non-profit would suggest donations are required or desired to sustain this operation and customers would need to manage expectations in terms of quality of products. These are both assumptions the Kenyans specifically wanted to challenge... and they have. They don't want your donation, they want your business which they'll earn by ensuring every customer is satisfied with the product purchased with their hard earned money. While there are many who have tried to duplicate some of the work and designs of our artisans, in terms of creativity, consistency and quality we are sure you will agree there is no comparison.