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Ethical fashion, handcrafted in Kenya.

James Kanini Kariuki

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AGE: 26

BIRTHPLACE:  ELDORET, KENYA

Profession: Manager and CEO of HABA HABA BELTS KENYA

We first met James late 2015 when we STARTED HABA HABA BY SETTING up a workshop in an INternally DISPLACED PEOPLE CAMP (IDP) in THE Rift Valley province.  CHOOSING JAMES TO BE OUR MANAGER WAS THE EASIEST DECISION WE EVER MADE.  To THis DAy, Led AND MANAGED BY JAMES, THE WOrkshop produces wooden belts.

He has become our most trusted companion, friend and and mentor ever since the beginning. He manages not only the workshop but helps us in every situation; from finding quick solutions during power cuts, to always giving his best to establish new networks and opportunities for his employees. 

He struck us as the most dedicated, and kind-hearted genuine person.  His Leadership and Advice has been and continues to be IRREPLACEABLE. 

working  and becoming friends with James has easily been one of the most rewarding aspects about HABA HABA.

 IN HIS OWN WORDS:

"GROWING UP IN ELDORET KENYA, I AM THE FIRST BORN OF TEN SIBLINGS, SO FINDING MY WAY IN A CROWDED PLACE HAS BEEN MY WAY OF LIFE EVER SINCE I WAS YOUNG.

 I GRADUATED FROM EGERTON COLLEGE WITH A BACHELORS DEGREE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND BEFORE HABA HABA WORKED SEVERAL DIFFERENT JOBS.  For example I worked in a chicken hatchery in a village with a monthly wage of 30 dollars, the main duties attending the chickens and cleaning of the equipments.  To someone with my level of education the JoB was a dissapointment but also illustrates the difficulty of good employment in the area. 

I STARTED WORKING WITH HABA HABA IN DECEMBER 2015. SINCE THEN MY LIFE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED COMPLETELY AS IT HAS OPENED DOORS TO WORKING WITH PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THE WELL-BEING OF OTHERS AND ARE COMPASSIONATE ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF THE JOBLESS YOUTHS IN OUR AREA. THE OPPORTUNITIES PROVIDED BY HABA HABA HAS BEEN ABLE TO TRANSFORM MANY LIVES BY EMPOWERING THEM ECONOMICALLY. BASED ON MY POSITIVE EXPERIENCES WORKING WITH HABA HABA, MY JOB AS A MANAGER HAS HELPED ME TO RECOGNISE MY STRENGTHS AND MOTIVATED ME TO REMAIN MY OWN BOSS IN THE FUTURE."